now Bolingbrook Clow International Airport was built originally in the late
1950’s by Oliver Boyd Clow so he could fly his treasured 1948 Model A Navion
airplane. This little grassy airstrip with humble beginnings was replaced
in the 1970’s with a 50- by 3400-foot lighted asphalt runway, and in 1973,
became a commercial airport with the name Clow International Airport.
Aerial View of Clow International Airport
Clow was named the best privately owned, public-use airport in Illinois, and
in 1998, the thriving little airport was sold to developer Joe DePaulo. In
2004, the airport was acquired by the Village of Bolingbrook and became
Bolingbrook’s Clow International Airport. Plans now include expansion and
improvements to the runways and airport facilities.
currently over 70,000 landings and take-offs each year, making it one of the
most widely used general aviation airports in Illinois.
year 2004, Clow also became home to the Illinois Aviation Museum.