Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport
|Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport|
|IATA: SPI – ICAO: KSPI – FAA LID: SPI
– WMO: 72439
|Owner||Springfield Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||598 ft / 182 m|
Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (IATA: SPI, ICAO: KSPI, FAA LID: SPI) is a civil-military public airport in Sangamon County, Illinois. It is three miles (6 km) northwest of downtown Springfield, the capital of Illinois. The airport is owned by the Springfield Airport Authority (SAA).
The airport is home to Capital Airport Air National Guard Station, a 91-acre (370,000 m2) facility on land leased from the Springfield Airport Authority (SAA). It is home to the 183d Fighter Wing (183 FW), an Illinois Air National Guard unit operationally gained by the Air Combat Command (ACC) and State Headquarters, Illinois Air National Guard. Historically a fighter unit, the 183 FW consists of 321 full-time and 800 part-time military personnel (total strength 1,321).
The 183 FW was directed to divest itself of its fighter aircraft pursuant to a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 decision and in October 2008, the last of the 170th Fighter Squadron's fifteen F-16C/D Fighting Falcon aircraft departed Capital Airport AGS for redistribution to other Air National Guard fighter wings.
The 183 FW remains in place at Capital Airport AGS minus a flying mission while the U.S. Air Force, the Air Combat Command and the Air National Guard determine a new role and mission set for the wing. The Illinois Air National Guard State Headquarters, Expeditionary Combat Support (ECS) elements of the 183 FW, the 217th Engineering Installation Squadron, and the F110 engine Centralized Intermediate Repair Facility (CIRF) also remain in place at Capital Airport AGS.
The airport covers 2,300 acres (930 ha) at an elevation of 598 feet (182 m). It has three runways: 4/22 is 8,001 by 150 feet (2,439 x 46 m) concrete; 13/31 is 7,400 by 150 feet (2,256 x 46 m) asphalt; 18/36 is 5,300 by 150 feet (1,615 x 46 m) asphalt/concrete.
In 2009 the airport had 33,903 aircraft operations, average 92 per day: 71% general aviation, 19% air taxi, 10% military, and <1% airline. 169 aircraft were then based at the airport: 78% single-engine, 17% multi-engine, 4% jet and 1% helicopter.
Airlines and destinations
|Allegiant Air||Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Orlando/Sanford|
|American Eagle||Dallas/Fort Worth|
The airport was served by Ozark Airlines with Douglas DC-9s and Fairchild Hiller FH-227s to St. Louis and Chicago O'Hare. Air Illinois flew BAC One-Elevens (to St. Louis and Chicago) and HS 748s, Handley Page Jetstreams and de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters. Air Illinois HS 748s flew nonstop to now closed Meigs Field on the lakefront of Lake Michigan next to downtown Chicago.
- FAA Airport Master Record for SPI ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 29 July 2010.
- Capital Municipal Airport (MAP) Air Guard Station as GlobalSecurity.org
- Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, official site
- 183d Fighter Wing, official site
- Aerial image as of 14 April 1998 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective March 5, 2015
- FAA Terminal Procedures for SPI, effective March 5, 2015
- Resources for this airport: