Naval Outlying Field Coupeville

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NOLF Coupeville
Boeing EA-18G Growler attached to VAQ-129 in afterburner during FCLP at NOLF Coupeville.
IATA: noneICAO: KNRAFAA LID: NRA
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator US Navy
Location Island County, near Coupeville, Washington
Elevation AMSL 199 ft / 61 m
Coordinates 48°11′00″N 122°38′00″W / 48.18333°N 122.63333°W / 48.18333; -122.63333Coordinates: 48°11′00″N 122°38′00″W / 48.18333°N 122.63333°W / 48.18333; -122.63333
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 5,400 1,646 Concrete

Naval Outlying Field Coupeville (ICAO: KNRAFAA LID: NRA) is a military airport located two miles (3 km) southeast of Coupeville, Washington, in Island County. It is owned by the United States Navy.[1] NOLF Coupeville nearly touches State Route 20 and is about 10 miles south of NAS Whidbey Island.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eleven (EODMU-11) members perform a static jump from the ramp of a C-130 Hercules at Naval Outlying Field Coupeville

NOLF Coupeville, also known as OLF Coupeville, supports day and night Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations by the US Navy EA-18G Growler and EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft based out of NAS Whidbey Island. The OLF was commissioned for use by the US Navy in 1943. Its function is to allow Naval Aviators and crew to fly in patterns as well as practice touch-and-go landings, simulating carrier landings and take offs. During these practice runs, jet aircraft approach the runway and touch down, immediately taking off again and looping around the field to prepare for another landing and take off. Each aircraft makes multiple touch-and-go landings during these training events. While performing the touch and go maneuvers, the practicing aircraft fly at appropriate altitudes and speeds in addition to flying at or near sea level. OLF Coupeville is seen by the Navy as an ideal airfield for this type of carrier training due to its remote location and low ambient lighting, allowing pilots and crew to have the optimum experience for replication of landing aboard an aircraft carrier. [2](dead link)

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