Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport

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Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport
Queen City Airport
Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport - Pennsylvania.jpg
USGS aerial image, 2006
IATA: noneICAO: KXLLFAA LID: XLL
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority
Serves Allentown, Pennsylvania
Elevation AMSL 399 ft / 122 m
Coordinates 40°34′13″N 075°29′18″W / 40.57028°N 75.48833°W / 40.57028; -75.48833
Map
KXLL is located in Pennsylvania
KXLL
KXLL
Location of C. David Campbell Field
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
7/25 3,949 1,204 Asphalt
15/33 3,159 963 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations 54,220
Based aircraft 95
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport (ICAO: KXLLFAA LID: XLL) is a public airport in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, on Lehigh Street two miles southwest of Allentown, Pennsylvania.[1] It is owned by the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.[1] Also known as Queen City Airport, it is home to Civil Air Patrol Squadron 805 and Lehigh Valley Aviation Services, a fixed base operator (FBO).[2]

On July 31, 2008 the FAA airport identifier briefly changed from 1N9 to JVU. After seeking approval for an identifier associated with the area, the FAA approved the change to XLL (Little Lehigh Executive, after the local Little Lehigh Creek) effective November 20, 2008.

Most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, but this airport has no IATA code.

History[edit]

In mid-December 1942, it was announced that Allentown was the site of a new aircraft production plant. Vultee Aircraft and Consolidated Aircraft announced that Consolidated Vultee (later known as Convair) would lease Mack Truck's Plant 5C for production of the Consolidated Vultee TBY-2 Sea Wolf Torpedo Plane for the United States Navy. In addition to 5C, Consolidated Vultee would build an office building, a hangar, an airport and a highway linking 5C with the new airport complex.

Mack officials were initially reluctant to give up Plant 5C because they considered it essential for Truck war production, however the War Production Board and the Navy overruled them.

Convair Field, as the airfield was originally named, was dedicated on October 10, 1943. [3] When the plant reached full production it employed several thousand people, over half women. Consolidated Vultee became Allentown's second largest industry, handling over $100,000,000 in war contracts. By the end of 1943 the facility was producing TBY-2 Sea Wolves as well as components for the BT-13 Valiant Trainer and B-24 Liberator Bomber.

Along with the airfield and manufacturing facilities, an new neighborhood of homes was built for the aircraft workers and their families. In December 1943, the National Housing Center approved the construction of 250 units for Vultee workers on a tract bounded by Twelfth, Fourteenth, Harrison and Wyoming streets by the Allentown Housing Authority. This neighborhood, containing streets named "Liberator Avenue", "Catalina Avenue", and "Vultee Street", still exists.

With the end of the war in 1945, aircraft production was shut down. Plant 5C was returned to Mack Trucks and the remainder of the facility was declared surplus by the War Assets Administration. The property was obtained by General Electric to manufacture small appliances, particularly toasters. In 1962 the facility again was closed and the property was obtained by the city. [4]

It is now owned and operated by the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority. LNAA also manages the Lehigh Valley International Airport and Braden Airpark. In 2006, the airport received an award for the General Aviation Airport of the Year by the Eastern Region of the Federal Aviation Administration. [5]

Facilities[edit]

The airport covers 201 acres (81 ha) at an elevation of 399 feet (122 m). It has two asphalt runways: 7/25 is 3,949 by 75 feet (1,204 x 23 m) and 15/33 is 3,159 by 75 feet (963 x 23 m).[1]

In the year ending June 10, 2008 the airport had 54,220 aircraft operations, average 148 per day: 97% general aviation, 2% air taxi and 1% military. 95 aircraft were then based at this airport: 78% single-engine, 16% multi-engine and 6% helicopter.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for XLL (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-07-02.
  2. ^ Queen City Airport page at Lehigh Valley Aviation Services (FBO) website
  3. ^ "Pennsylvania Airport History". Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  4. ^ Allentown 1762-1987 A 225-Year History, Volume Two, 1921-1987. Mahlon H. Hellerich, editor, Lehigh County Historical Society, 1987.
  5. ^ "Queen City Airport Designated General Aviation Airport of the Year by the Federal Administration Eastern Region". 2006-03-02. Archived from the original on 12 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 

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