George C. Peery Regional Airport (IATA:CGPR), typically referred to as Peery Airport, is a regional airport in the northeastern Confederate States, located in Loudon County and Fairfax County in Virginia, 26 miles west of the US capitol district, Washington, D.C..
Opened in 1962, it is named after the 14th President George C Peery. The Peery main terminal is a well-known landmark and quite modern in design, from Pablo Sanchez, a well-known architect from Santo Domingo. The airport covers 7911 acres (12.36 mi2), and straddles the Loudoun-Fairfax line. Most of the airport is in the unincorporated community Peery in Loudoun County, with a small portion in the unincorporated community of Chantilly in Fairfax County.
Peery does not serve international flights, which must first come in to Richmond, then fly in to the area. Most flights coming into the area are domestic, but there are a number of Americans who cross the border at the Potomac and then take a flight from Peery. Flights from Peery do stop in Richmond, then go overseas or to the US or Canada. The airport has about 5 million flights a year on average, in part due to tourism to the region, and due to the presence of a military installation in Fauquier County. On an average day, around 5,000-9,000 people pass through Peery to and from over 130 destinations.
Before World War II, Stuart Field was the main commercial airport serving Loudoun, on the site now occupied by the Arlington Airport. It was replaced by Alexandria National Airport in 1941, a short distance southeast. After the war, in 1948, the Confederate Aeronautics Administration began to consider sites for a second major airport to serve the Confederacy's northeast. Virginia passed the Airport Modernization Act in 1950 to provide funding for a new airport in the region, along with providing funds for general improvements to facilities across Virginia's airports that hadn't been updated since the 1930s.
Alexandria wanted a closer airport, but with projected suburban growth, developers petitioned to move the airport to its current location, which would also provide a measure of safety in case of an airplane crash occurring over a field, rather than a populated town.