Battle Mountain Airport

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Battle Mountain Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorLander County
ServesBattle Mountain, Nevada
LocationLander County, near Battle Mountain, Nevada
Elevation AMSL4,532 ft / 1,381 m
Coordinates40°35′59″N 116°52′34″W / 40.59972°N 116.87611°W / 40.59972; -116.87611
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 7,300 2,225 Asphalt
3/21 7,299 2,225 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 60 18 Concrete
H2 60 18 Concrete

Battle Mountain Airport (IATA: BAM, ICAO: KBAM, FAA LID: BAM), also known as Lander County Airport, is 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Battle Mountain, Nevada. This general aviation airport is owned by Lander County and operated by the Battle Mountain Airport Authority.


The airport was built by the United States Army Air Forces about 1942, and was known as Battle Mountain Flight Strip. It was an emergency landing airfield by the Reno Army Air Base for military aircraft on training flights. It was also designated as a CAA Intermediate Field for civil aircraft emergency use. It was closed after World War II, and was turned over for local government use by the War Assets Administration (WAA).[2]


The airport covers 1,066 acres (431 ha) and has two runways and two helipads:

  • 3/21: 7,299 x 150 ft (2,225 x 46 m) Asphalt
  • 12/30: 7,300 x 100 ft (2,225 x 30 m) Asphalt
  • Helipad H1: 60 x 60 ft (18 x 18 m), Surface: Concrete
  • Helipad H2: 60 x 60 ft (18 x 18 m), Surface: Concrete


BAM is home to the Battle Mountain Air Attack Base which is run by the Bureau of Land Management.[3] The Air Attack Base provides air tanker support for fire suppression in northern Nevada.[4] The Nevada Division of Forestry also operates an air tanker base at BAM.[5]


Several aerospace exhibits are available at the airport.[6][7]

Popular culture

The airstrip at Battle Mountain was used as a setting by novelist Dale Brown in his techno-thriller novel Battle Born.


  1. ^ FAA Airport Form 5010 for BAM PDF
  2. ^ "Army and Air Force Flying Fields in the USA". 2008-10-07. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  3. ^ "AIR ATTACK BASE OPEN HOUSE AND SMOKEY'S 60TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION". Bureau of Land Management. 2004-07-30. Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Battle Mountain Fire Program". Bureau of Land Management. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  5. ^ "Aviation". Nevada Division of Forestry. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  6. ^ "US Navy and US Marine Corps BuNos". Archived from the original on 30 December 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  7. ^ "1966 USAF Serial Numbers". Archived from the original on 7 January 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2008.

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