Benton Field

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Coordinates: 40°34′27″N 122°24′27″W / 40.57417°N 122.40750°W / 40.57417; -122.40750

Benton Field

Benton Airpark
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Redding
ServesRedding, California
Elevation AMSL719 ft / 219 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 2,420 738 Asphalt
Statistics (2002)
Aircraft operations35,000
Based aircraft122
Sources: airport website[2] and FAA[3]

Benton Field[3] (IATA: BZF, FAA LID: O85), also known as Benton Airpark,[2][4] is a city-owned public-use airport located one mile (1.6 km) west of the central business district of Redding, a city in Shasta County, California, United States.[3] It is one of two airports located in the City of Redding, the other being Redding Municipal Airport.[5]

The airport is named for Lt. John W. Benton, an Army Air Corps pilot and a Shasta County resident who died in an airplane crash at Buenos Aires in 1927. The original small airstrip opened on July 4, 1929. [6][7]


Benton Field was also one name used during the 1930s by the United States Army Air Corps to refer to the airport which later became the Naval Air Station Alameda (on the east side of San Francisco Bay) during World War II.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Benton Field covers an area of 80 acres (32 ha) with one runway designated 15/33 with a 2,420 x 80 ft (738 x 24 m) asphalt surface. The airport features parallel taxiways on both the East and West side of the runway with parking and hangars on each side of the runway.

During 2002 the airport had 35,000 aircraft operations, an average of 95 per day: 97% general aviation and 3% air taxi. There are 122 aircraft based at this airport: 93% single-engine, 5% multi-engine and 2% helicopter.[3]

Benton Field is the headquarters of the California Highway Patrol Northern Division Air Operations unit. The unit includes two single-engine CHP airplanes and two CHP helicopters based at the airpark.


  1. ^ "Airline and Airport Code Search". IATA. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b Benton Airpark at City of Redding website
  3. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Form 5010 for O85 PDF, effective 2007-12-20
  4. ^ "Business Briefs: FAA seminar set at Benton Airpark". Redding Record Searchlight. 2008-02-06. Archived from the original on 2011-05-16.
  5. ^ City of Redding: Airports Division Archived 2008-02-13 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ ""Aviation Day" Flies Into Benton Airpark". Press Release. Experimental Aircraft Association, EAA Chapter 157.
  7. ^, Redding Municipal Airport, page 6, 9, 10, 24, 48

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