Montgomery Field Airport
Gibbs AF Auxiliary Field
|IATA: MYF – ICAO: KMYF – FAA LID: MYF|
|Operator||City of San Diego|
|Location||San Diego, California|
|Elevation AMSL||427 ft / 130.1 m|
Montgomery Field (IATA: MYF, ICAO: KMYF, FAA LID: MYF) is a public airport in San Diego, California, United States, six miles (10 km) north of downtown San Diego. The airport covers 456 acres (185 ha) and has three runways, one public and two private helipads. The runways are 28 Right/10 Left-28 Left/10 Right parallels and 5/23.
The field was named for John J. Montgomery, an aviation pioneer who in 1883 made the first manned, controlled, heavier-than-air flights in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego. Montgomery Field is one of the nation's busiest airports for small aircraft and has a number of flying clubs, flight schools, plus business turboprops and jets based there. The San Diego Fire Department bases aircraft there. King Schools, Inc. is based nearby and its aircraft are based at the airport. Since summer 2009, King Schools (in conjunction with Cessna) has been flight-testing the prototype Cessna 162 Skycatcher Light-Sport Aircraft at or around the airport.
The airport opened in July 1940 as "Gibbs Field" as an all-way clay and gravel surface airfield. During World War II, control of the airport was assumed by the United States Army Air Forces, which built three hard runways. It was called "Gibbs Auxiliary Field" and used as a support airfield for the contractor pilot school at Ryan Field, near Hemet. It also supported training activities at the United States Army Desert Training Center (DTC) in the Mojave Desert, and later as an auxiliary airfield for Lindbergh Field in San Diego. It was used presumably as an overflow airfield to store newly manufactured B-24 Liberator bombers and PBY Catalina amphibian aircraft made by Consolidated Aircraft.
After the war the airport returned to civil control. The Federal Aviation Administration has maintained an Air Traffic Control Tower at the airport since 1965. It is on the north side of the airport, just east of Taxiway C and Runway 23/5, and the normal hours are 0600-2100 Local Time.
Accidents and incidents
- On September 25, 1978, a Cessna 172 registered as N7711G took off from Montgomery Field and proceeded to Lindbergh Field to do a practice instrument landing (ILS) approach. On approach to Lindbergh, PSA Flight 182 (N533PS) was on an easterly downwind descent for landing. The PSA Boeing 727 overtook and collided with the Cessna from behind, causing N7711G to disintegrate and flight 182 to crash. This incident led to the establishment of Terminal Control Areas/TCAs. This was the first positive control airspace surrounding airports.
- On February 19, 2010, a Cirrus SR-22 Turbo Gen-3 registered as N443CP, was stolen from Montgomery Field and proceeded to LAX.
- On August 2, 2010, N444YP, an experimental Velocity Super XL, crashed after takeoff at Montgomery Field.
- FAA Airport Master Record for MYF ( PDF)
- Harwood, Craig S. and Fogel, Gary B. ‘’Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West,’’ University of Oklahoma Press 2012.
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport:
- San Diego history in airports