Coffeyville Municipal Airport
|Coffeyville Municipal Airport|
2008 USGS airphoto
|Owner||City of Coffeyville|
|Location||Cherokee Township, Montgomery County, near Coffeyville, Kansas|
|Elevation AMSL||754 ft / 230 m|
In the year ending September 19, 2005 the airport had 5,550 aircraft operations, average 15 per day: 99% general aviation and 1% military. 40 aircraft were then based at the airport: 85% single-engine, 10% multi-engine and 5% ultralight.
- For the World War II use of the airport, see Coffeyville Army Airfield
During World War II the facility was Coffeyville Army Airfield and was a United States Army Air Forces AAF Flying Training Command training field 1942–1945.
Aircraft operated were Vultee BT-13A Valiants, BT-14s and BT-15s. The airfield performed Basic Pilot School instruction, the second phase of the three phase training program for pilots.
The facility was closed and turned over to civil authorities in 1947; Continental DC-3s stopped there in the 1950s.
During the 1950s, Continental Can Company leased the hangars at the airport and was a subcontractor for a major defense builder, Boeing Corporation. CCC built bomb doors for B-52 Stratofortresses. This operation ceased in 1958 with the completion of the B-52 defense contract. Up to this time period, Coffeyville was a very industrious small city in southeastern Kansas. This plant closing along with the closing of other industries was a severe blow to Coffeyville's financial health in the late 50's and early 60's.
But during its heyday, Coffeyville had a dairy, Page Milk Company: an oilfield drilling rig company, Parkersburg; two railroad yards and maintenance operations, ATSF & Katy; a biick company and terra cota roofing tile company, Ludawece Celadon; a cast iron casting company, and a large oil refinery, Co-Op; and on the northwest outskirts was also a large smelter. With the exception of the oil refinery, which only has a small operation today, all other industries are gone.
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