Flying Ridge

18 Platts Hill Road, Newtown, Connecticut, 06688, United States

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  • 3711 sqft
  • 33.11 acres
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This Newtown, CT estate holds a unique place in Connecticut lore. For starters, it has an active, licensed, 2,400' private airstrip - hence the property’s name, “Flying Ridge.” * It is the only remaining private airstrip in Fairfield County, grandfathered into the property by the fact that it was registered in the 1940s, before permits were prohibited for such a thing. It is also owned by the family of the late Robert Edison Fulton, Jr., an inventor, adventurer and pilot who had several aviation-related inventions, among his 70 patents, and who became famous before that for his 18-month solo journey around the world on a motorcycle in the early 1930s - an adventure he chronicled in his 1937 best-selling book, “One Man Caravan.”

Fulton was a man with an uncommonly adventurous spirit. His aviation-advances included the "Gunairstructor,” the world’s first fixed-aerial gunnery trainer, used to train allied fighter pilots in aerial combat during World War II, an invention credited with improving their scores by over 400%. After the war, he designed and built the “Airphibian,” an airplane that converted into an automobile. While not a commercial success, it was the first flying car ever to receive an air worthiness certification from the FAA, was flown by Charles Lindbergh in 1950, and is now on permanent display at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. He subsequently developed, on the property, during the 1950s and 1960s, the Fulton “Skyhook” Surface-To-Air Rescue (“Star”) System, used by the U.S. military to retrieve downed pilots from remote areas, without landing the pick-up airplane.

The property, like its one-time owner, is truly one of a kind. Tucked away amidst rolling hills on 33 acres, it sits atop a ridge with unspoiled farmland to its east, wetlands to its west, and comprises a main house with a 40'X30' cathedral-ceiling barn living room, an airstrip house & observation tower, workshop dwellings and barns. The N-S (35/17) 1/2 mile grass runway is suitable for fixed-wing single-engine aircraft, as well as helicopters. Located 48 nautical miles northeast of Manhattan’s lower east side heliport, Flying Ridge combines the unique advantages of a 1/2 hour, door-to-door helicopter commute to and from Mid-Town Manhattan with the elegance of country life in an unspoiled, charming rural Connecticut community that has excellent services and schools.

This is a “Once in a generation” opportunity.

*It’s official name is “CT52”, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, with whom it is registered.

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