Davis Airport (Michigan)

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Davis Airport
Davis Airport Michigan 2D8 USGS 07-Apr-1999.jpg
USGS aerial photograph, April 1999
Davis Airport Michigan Topo USGS 01-Jul-80.jpg
USGS topographic map, July 1980
IATA: noneICAO: noneFAA LID: 2D8
Airport type Public
Owner Harvey Sheren[1]
Serves East Lansing, Michigan
Location DeWitt Township, Michigan
Elevation AMSL 845 ft / 258 m
Coordinates 42°46′12″N 084°29′24″W / 42.77000°N 84.49000°W / 42.77000; -84.49000
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 2,550 777 Turf
16/34 2,460 750 Turf
4/22 2,025 617 Turf

Davis Airport (FAA LID: 2D8) was a general aviation airport located 0.5 miles (0.8 km) north of East Lansing, in DeWitt Township, Michigan, United States.


Davis Airport was situated at an elevation of 845 feet (258 m) above mean sea level northwest of the intersection of Coleman Road and Chandler Road in southeast Clinton County. The airport had five hangars at the east end of the airfield.


Davis Airport had three runways.[2]

  • Runway 9/27: 2,550 feet (777 m), Surface: Turf
  • Runway 16/34: 2,460 feet (750 m), Surface: Turf
  • Runway 4/22: 2,025 feet (617 m), Surface: Turf


Davis Airport is named after Major Arthur J. Davis, a Lansing aviator during the 1920s and 1930s, who operated Michigan Airways, Inc. from a field in East Lansing and at Capital City Airport.[3]

After World War II Davis opened the airport then-located 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of East Lansing, at the location of Chandler's Marsh.[4] One of the earliest records of the airport is from the November 1954 Milwaukee Sectional Chart which then depicted Davis Airport as having a 2,100 feet (640 m) unpaved runway.[2]

In January 1992, three man faced five felony charges for larceny, malicious destruction, and breaking into airplanes and a van at the airport.[5] On August 6, 1992, a small plane skidded past a runway, hit an embankment, and flipped over Chandler Road, landing upside down in a ditch.[6]

In 1999 approximately 20 aircraft were based at the airport.[7] The airport closed on May 5, 2000, and was developed into apartment buildings.[2]

The Airport was managed by Dale H. Sheren for may years who was a close friend of Art Davis. Dale Sheren managed the Airport until his death in 1976. The Airport was the home to many local pilots for years. Many pilots learned to fly at the airport under the instruction of Harold D. Coakley who became a flight instructor upon the close of WWII after serving in the Army Air Corps. Art Davis was an original "barnstorming" pilot prior to the War and a few who had the opportunity to fly with Art in his "taper wing" WACO biplane in the years following the War cherish those special memories.

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  1. ^ Davis Airport, Online Highways, ohwy.com, retrieved 2010-Apr-28
  2. ^ a b c d Freeman, Paul. Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields: Southeastern Michigan, airfields-freeman.com, retrieved 2010-Apr-26
  3. ^ National Park Service, Chesapeake/Allegheny System Support Office. Photographs Written Historical and Descriptive Data, Historic American Engineering Record, p. 2, memory.loc.gov, May 1995, retrieved 2010-Apr-28
  4. ^ Morris, David D. (1976). Lansing, Jackson, Ann Arbor and Automobiles. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edwards Brothers. p. 106. LCCN 76363304. 
  5. ^ Associated Press. Men named in grave robbing charged again in airport thefts, Ludington Daily News, google.com, January 30, 1992, retrieved 2010-Apr-27
  6. ^ Associated Press. One pilot avoids kids, dies in crash; another survives, Owosso Argus Press, google.com, August 7, 1992, retrieved 2010-Apr-27
  7. ^ Trout, Sally (April 15, 1999). "Some want more business; some worry about noise, traffic, safety". Lansing State Journal. p. A1. 

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