Grenada Municipal Airport

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Grenada Municipal Airport
(former Grenada Army Airfield)
Grenada Municipal Airport - Mississippi.jpg
IATA: noneICAO: KGNFFAA LID: GNF
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Grenada
Serves Grenada, Mississippi
Elevation AMSL 208 ft / 63 m
Coordinates 33°49′57″N 089°47′53″W / 33.83250°N 89.79806°W / 33.83250; -89.79806Coordinates: 33°49′57″N 089°47′53″W / 33.83250°N 89.79806°W / 33.83250; -89.79806
Website GrenadaAirport.net
Map
KGNF is located in Mississippi
KGNF
KGNF
Location of airport in Mississippi
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 7,000 2,134 Asphalt
4/22 4,998 1,523 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 5,000
Based aircraft 10

Grenada Municipal Airport (ICAO: KGNFFAA LID: GNF) is a public use airport in Grenada County, Mississippi, United States.[1] It is owned by the City of Grenada and located three nautical miles (6 km) north of the central business district.[1] This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.[2] There is no scheduled commercial airline service.

Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned GNF by the FAA[1] but has no designation from the IATA[3] (which assigned GNF to Gansner Field in Quincy, California).[4]

History[edit]

Built during 1943 and opened in February 1944, the airport was known as the Grenada Army Airfield during World War II, the United States Army Air Forces Army Air Forces Training Command.

Grenada Army Airfield's primary mission was described as follows: A. The deliver Army ground force combat teams at strategic points by: a. Parachute troops and equipment b. Delivering gliders with troops and equipment B. The field's secondary mission was: a. Reinforcement and re-supply of ground troops b. Evacuation of wounded

The field consisted of three runways - all of which were approximately 5,000 feet (1,500 m) long. The ramp and taxi strips were concrete-ramp being 500 feet (150 m) by 3,000 feet (910 m) long. By the time the program was completed, fifty C-47 airplanes and 25 CG-4A gliders were brought to Grenada field to be serviced and prepared for use.

Troop Carrier Command assigned the following groups to the airfield for the purpose of training replacement crews.

The headquarters unit on the airfield was the 443d Base Headquarters Squadron. In 1945 Troop Carrier Command moved out and the airfield was turned over to Air Technical Service Command. Initially it was used as a prisoner of war camp, the last POWs being released at the end of 1945. ATSC then used the base for surplus aircraft storage and as a military air freight transshipment point for many years.

In 1953 the airfield was turned over to John Mason Boyd (Boyd Construction Company) and became known as the Grenada Municipal Airport. The military has since made improvements to the field and jointly uses it with civil aviation. [5] [6]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Grenada Municipal Airport covers an area of 656 acres (265 ha) at an elevation of 208 feet (63 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 13/31 is 7,000 by 150 feet (2,134 x 46 m) and 4/22 is 4,998 by 99 feet (1,523 x 30 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending January 5, 2012, the airport had 5,000 aircraft operations, an average of 13 per day: 68% general aviation and 32% military. At that time there were 10 single-engine aircraft based at this airport.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for GNF (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Grenada Municipal Airport (IATA: none, ICAO: KGNF, FAA: GNF)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (GNF – City: Quincy, Airport: Gansner Field)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  5. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
  6. ^ Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942-2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC.

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