Davis Airport (Michigan)
USGS aerial photograph, April 1999
USGS topographic map, July 1980
|IATA: none – ICAO: none – FAA LID: 2D8|
|Serves||East Lansing, Michigan|
|Location||DeWitt Township, Michigan|
|Elevation AMSL||845 ft / 258 m|
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.
- 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
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. 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.
In January 1992, three man faced five felony charges for larceny, malicious destruction, and breaking into airplanes and a van at the airport. 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.
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.
- List of airports in Michigan
- Clinton County, Michigan
- DeWitt Charter Township, Michigan
- East Lansing, Michigan
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