Airplane enthusiasts have a runway in their backyard

Airplane Enthusiasts Have a Runway in Their Backyard

DOWNERS GROVE, lll. — Imagine being able to pull a plane out of your garage door, drive down your driveway and take off on a trip.

No driving to the airport. No security lines. No waiting at all.

Well that's just what happens in one suburban community.

From one side it looks like any other Downers Grove, Ill., neighborhood. But on the other you can see what makes it so unique.

Hangars are attached to houses, and small planes sit in driveways. This is Brookeridge Airpark, where plane enthusiasts come to live.

The airport has a primary runway that's about 2,800 feet, along with a secondary runway, and its own fuel tanks. It's owned by a group of the residents who live here... and has been around since the early 1960s.

Pilots can simply pull their planes out, taxi to the runway and take off.

It isn't the only neighborhood of its kind in the area. There are others, in Naperville and Monee, Ill., to name a few.

Some of the pilots say they offset the cost by being their own mechanics.

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