Columbus Municipal Airport (Indiana)

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Columbus Municipal Airport
USGS photo - 7 Aug 1997
BAK airport map.PNG
FAA diagram
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Columbus
LocationColumbus, Indiana
Elevation AMSL656 ft / 200 m
Coordinates39°15′43″N 085°53′47″W / 39.26194°N 85.89639°W / 39.26194; -85.89639
BAK is located in Indiana
Location of airport in Indiana/United States
BAK is located in the United States
BAK (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 6,400 1,951 Concrete
14/32 5,000 1,524 Concrete
Aircraft operations (2005)39,155
Based aircraft (2015)77
For the military use of this facility, see Bakalar Air Force Base

Columbus Municipal Airport (IATA: CLU, ICAO: KBAK, FAA LID: BAK) is three miles north of Columbus, in Bartholomew County, Indiana, United States.[1]

Most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, but this airport is BAK to the FAA and CLU to the IATA.[2]

Airport terminal and control tower


The airport is on the site of the former World War II Atterbury Army Airfield, a U.S. Army Air Forces facility, and Bakalar Air Force Base, a Cold War-era U.S. Air Force installation utilized primarily by the Air Force Reserve. It was the host base for the 434th Troop Carrier Wing twice, from 1949-1952 and again from 1953-1969.


Columbus Municipal Airport covers 2,000 acres (810 ha) at an elevation of 656 feet (200 m). It has two concrete runways: 5/23 is 6,400 by 150 feet (1,951 x 46 m) and 14/32 is 5,000 by 100 feet (1,524 x 30 m).[1]

In 2005 the airport had 39,155 aircraft operations, average 107 per day: 91% general aviation and 9% military. In 2015, 77 aircraft were based at the airport: 58 single-engine, 8 multi-engine, 7 jet, 2 helicopter, 1 glider and 1 ultra-light.[1]

Terminal building[edit]

The airport completely renovated its terminal building in 2015.


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for BAK (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-05-07.
  2. ^ "CLU - Columbus [Muni], IN, US - Airport - Great Circle Mapper".

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