Minute Man Air Field
|Minute Man Air Field|
|IATA: none – ICAO: none – FAA LID: 6B6|
|Owner||Minute Man Airfield, Inc.|
|Elevation AMSL||268 ft / 82 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Started as a 1700 ft grass landing strip known as Erikson Field in 1963 by local pilots, the airport was purchased by Paul McPherson in 1966. Paul and his son, Don, paved and extended the 2000 foot runway, added a parallel taxiway, tie-downs for 50 planes, installed AVGAS pumps and constructed the Operations Building. The former grass strip was re-opened as Minute Man Air Field on July 1, 1969. Paul's wife and daughter also opened a small coffee shop on the field called "Peg's Place" later on.
Over the decades, the airport has added aircraft maintenance and storage hangars, a runway extension, a second "cross-wind" runway, and aircraft parking aprons. In the early 1990s, 100 acres of land, was added to the field's land holdings instead of becoming a housing development. The open space is being farmed and serves as home to many species of wildlife.
Minute Man now has a 2800 foot paved-lighted-instrumented runway and a 1600 foot gravel-visual runway.
The airfield is home to more than 60 based aircraft including 3 helicopters stored in four hangars and on tie-downs along the taxi-ways and aprons. In addition to Nancy's Air Field Café, reputed as a fly-in or drive-in destination for fine food and friendly service, the airport is home to numerous other businesses.
The airport is still owned and operated by Don McPherson, and the operations are overseen by a board of Airport Commissioners. The Board is made up of local business, government, and aviation professionals who voluntarily serve as Commissioners.
Facilities and aircraft
- Runway 3/21: 2,770 x 48 ft (844 x 15 m), Surface: Asphalt
- Runway 12/30: 1,600 x 70 ft (488 x 21 m), Surface: Turf/Gravel
For 12-month period ending 08/01/2009 the airport had 48,095 aircraft operations, an average of 132 per day: 99% general aviation, <1% air taxi and <1% military. There are 67 aircraft based at this airport: 60 single engine, 1 multi engine, 3 helicopters and 3 ultralight.