Auburn/Lewiston Municipal Airport
|Auburn/Lewiston Municipal Airport|
|Owner/Operator||Cities of Auburn & Lewiston|
|Serves||Auburn / Lewiston, Maine|
|Elevation AMSL||288 ft / 88 m|
Auburn/Lewiston Municipal Airport (IATA: LEW, ICAO: KLEW, FAA LID: LEW) is a public airport in Androscoggin County, Maine, opened in 1935. It is five miles southwest of the cities of Auburn and Lewiston, both of which own and operate the airport, though it is in the Auburn city limits.
The airport is not served by any airline, though Northeast Airlines, Air New England, Northeast Express Regional Airlines, and Bar Harbor Airlines have had scheduled flights to LEW in the past. The airport was the site of a Bar Harbor accident that killed "America's Youngest Ambassador" Samantha Smith.
From late 1942, during World War II, the airfield was under the control of the United States Navy for use as a base for anti-submarine patrols by Squadron VS-31. It was commissioned on 15 April 1943 as Naval Auxiliary Air Facility Lewiston, and used along with Naval Air Station Brunswick to train British and American torpedo bomber pilots until 1945. Naval operations ceased on 1 December 1945, and the site was declared surplus in 1946 and handed back to the cities of Auburn and Lewiston in 1947/8.
Facilities and aircraft
Auburn/Lewiston Municipal Airport covers 547 acres (221 ha) at an elevation of 288 feet (88 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt runways: 4/22 is 5,001 by 100 feet (1,524 x 30 m) and 17/35 is 2,750 by 75 feet (838 x 23 m).
In the year ending May 1, 2008 the airport had 74,180 aircraft operations, average 203 per day: 64% general aviation, 36% air taxi, and <1% military. 120 aircraft were then based at this airport: 75% single-engine, 14% multi-engine, 1% jet, 3% helicopter and 6% ultralight.
- "Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport". flytome.com. 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
- FAA Airport Master Record for LEW ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 8 April 2010.
- "Patrol Squadron Shore Establishments" (PDF). United States Navy. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
- US Army Corps of Engineers (December 1995). "Ordnance and Explosives Archive Search Report for Lewiston Naval Auxiliary Air Facility" (PDF). naelibrary.nae.usace.army.mil. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
- Aerial image as of 7 June 1997 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for LEW, effective March 2, 2017
- Resources for this airport: