Colonel James Jabara Airport

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Colonel James Jabara Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerWichita Airport Authority
LocationWichita, Kansas
Elevation AMSL1,421 ft / 433 m
Coordinates37°44′51″N 097°13′16″W / 37.74750°N 97.22111°W / 37.74750; -97.22111
AAO is located in Kansas
Location of airport in Kansas / United States
AAO is located in the United States
AAO (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 6,101 1,860 Concrete
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 50 15 Concrete
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations38,300
Based aircraft108

Colonel James Jabara Airport (ICAO: KAAO, FAA LID: AAO) is a public airport located nine miles (14 km) northeast of the central business district of Wichita, a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States.[1] It is named in honor of World War II and Korean War flying ace James Jabara, an American of Lebanese descent who has the distinction of being the first American jet ace.

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Colonel James Jabara Airport is assigned AAO by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA (which assigned AAO to Anaco Airport in Anaco, Venezuela).[2][3]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Colonel James Jabara Airport covers an area of 600 acres (243 ha) which contains one runway and one helipad:[1]

  • Runway 18/36: 6,101 x 100 ft (1,860 x 30 m), Surface: Concrete
  • Helipad H1: 50 x 50 ft (15 x 15 m), Surface: Concrete

For 12-month period ending May 31, 2006, the airport had 38,300 aircraft operations, an average of 104 per day: 97% general aviation and 3% air taxi. There are 108 aircraft based at this airport: 60% single engine, 28% multi-engine, 9% jet aircraft, 1% helicopters, 1% ultralights and 1% military.[1]


On November 20, 2013 at approximately 9:30 pm CST, a Boeing 747-400 Dreamlifter with registration N780BA and operated by Atlas Air, mistakenly landed at the Colonel James Jabara Airport. The large cargo plane was supposed to land at McConnell Air Force Base, taxi over to nearby Spirit AeroSystems, and pick up some fuselage parts for the assembly of Boeing 787 Dreamliners in Everett, Washington.[4][5][6] The plane successfully took off at 1:15 pm CST on November 21 and landed at nearby McConnell AFB.[7] The NTSB opened an investigation about the wrong landing.[8]

Nearby airports[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for AAO (Form 5010 PDF), retrieved 2007-03-15
  2. ^ Swartz, Karl L. "Great Circle Mapper: KAAO - Wichita, Kansas (Colonel James Jabara Airport)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
  3. ^ Swartz, Karl L. "Great Circle Mapper: AAO / SVAN - Anaco, Venezuela". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
  4. ^ "Kansas: Plane left stranded after landing 'by mistake'". BBC News Online. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
  5. ^ Green, Jaime (2013-11-21). "Video about Dreamlifter Landing At Jabara". The Wichita Eagle. Archived from the original on 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
  6. ^ "Audio of Dreamlifter crew in contact with McConnell AFB". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
  7. ^ Plumlee, Rick; McMillin, Molly (2013-11-21). "Wayward Dreamlifter captivates the Air Capital". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
  8. ^ "NTSB opens investigation into Dreamlifter's wrong landing". The Wichita Eagle. 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2013-05-21.

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