Columbus Municipal Airport (Indiana)

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Columbus Municipal Airport
USGS aerial photo - 7 Aug 1997
BAK airport map.PNG
FAA airport 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
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
For the military use of this facility, see Bakalar Air Force Base

Columbus Municipal Airport (IATA: CLUICAO: KBAKFAA LID: BAK) is a city-owned public-use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) north of the central business district of Columbus, a city in Bartholomew County, Indiana, United States.[1]

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned BAK by the FAA and CLU by the IATA. The airport's ICAO identifier is KBAK.[2]

Airport terminal and control tower


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

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Columbus Municipal Airport covers an area of 2,000 acres (810 ha) at an elevation of 656 feet (200 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved 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]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2005, the airport had 39,155 aircraft operations, an average of 107 per day: 91% general aviation and 9% military. At that time there were 68 aircraft based at this 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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