Columbus Municipal Airport (Indiana)

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Columbus Municipal Airport
USGS photo - 7 Aug 1997
BAK airport map.PNG
FAA diagram
Airport type Public
Owner City of Columbus
Location Columbus, Indiana
Elevation AMSL 656 ft / 200 m
Coordinates 39°15′43″N 085°53′47″W / 39.26194°N 85.89639°W / 39.26194; -85.89639
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 6,400 1,951 Asphalt
14/32 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
Statistics (2005)
Aircraft operations 39,155
Based aircraft 68
For the military use of this facility, see Bakalar Air Force Base

Columbus Municipal Airport (IATA: CLUICAO: KBAKFAA LID: BAK) is three miles north of Columbus, in Bartholomew County, Indiana.[1]

Most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, but this airport is BAK to the FAA and CLU to the IATA.[2]

Airport terminal and control tower


The airport is on the site of the former World War II Atterbury Army Airfield and United States Air Force Bakalar Air Force Base. It was the host base for the 434th Troop Carrier Wing twice, from 1949-1952 and again from 1953-1969.


Columbus Municipal Airport covers 2,000 acres (810 ha) at an elevation of 656 feet (200 m). It has two asphalt runways: 5/23 is 6,400 by 150 feet (1,951 x 46 m) and 14/32 is 5,000 by 100 feet (1,524 x 30 m).[1]

In 2005 the airport had 39,155 aircraft operations, average 107 per day: 91% general aviation and 9% military. 68 aircraft were then based at the airport: 72% single-engine, 16% multi-engine, 7% jet and 4% helicopter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for BAK (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-05-07.
  2. ^ Great Circle Mapper: CLU / KBAK - Columbus, Indiana

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