Located on St. Simons Island, it is also known McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport. It was named for Malcom B. McKinnon, chairman of the County Commission when construction started in 1935. The airport opened on May 28, 1938, seven months after his death. During World War II it was Naval Air Station St. Simons Island and was eventually home to the Navy Radar Training School. Although NAS St. Simons Island remained an active air station following the war, its activities were eventually merged into nearby NAS Glynco and by 1947 it was finally closed as a naval air station and returned to its current use as a civil airport.
Installations of the Naval Reserve Training Station in the mid-1940s.
Aircraft parked at St. Simons in the 1970s
Malcolm McKinnon Airport covers 320 acres (130 ha) and has two asphaltrunways: 4/22 is 5,800 x 100 ft (1,768 x 30 m) and 16/34 is 3,313 x 75 ft (1,010 x 23 m). In the year ending August 7, 2007 the airport had 47,750 aircraft operations, average 130 per day: 98% general aviation and 2% military.