Craig Field (airport)

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Craig Field
Craig Field (Alabama).jpg
NAIP aerial image, 2006
Airport type Public
Owner Craig Field Airport & Industrial Authority
Serves Selma, Alabama
Elevation AMSL 166 ft / 51 m
Coordinates 32°20′38″N 086°59′16″W / 32.34389°N 86.98778°W / 32.34389; -86.98778
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 8,002 2,439 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 38,550
Based aircraft 8

Craig Field (IATA: SEM, ICAO: KSEM, FAA LID: SEM) is a public-use airport located four nautical miles (4.6 mi, 7.4 km) southeast of the central business district of Selma, a city in Dallas County, Alabama, United States. The airport is owned by Craig Field Airport & Industrial Authority.[1] It is included in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.[2] It was previously the U.S. Air Force Craig Air Force Base, closed in 1977.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

The John W. Jones, Jr. Airport Terminal Building

Craig Field covers an area of 1,790 acres (720 ha) at an elevation of 166 feet (51 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 15/33 with an asphalt and concrete surface measuring 8,002 by 150 feet (2,439 x 46 m). For the 12-month period ending November 2, 2009, the airport had 38,550 aircraft operations, an average of 105 per day: 89% general aviation, 10% military, and 1% air taxi. At that time there were 8 single-engine aircraft based at this airport.[1]

Although the former USAF air traffic control tower from what was previously Craig Air Force Base remains standing, as of 2007 it was unmanned and non-operational, with UNICOM being used as a common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF). Both parallel 8,000-foot (2,400 m) runways still exist, but only one runway is currently operational while the other remains closed. The Craig VORTAC and the Instrument Landing System (ILS) for the current Runway 33 remain operational on the field. The airport's military traffic is primarily Navy and USAF aircraft inbound to the L3 Communications/Vertex Aerospace facility.

The former military family housing was sold to individual owners shortly after base closure and has seen significant decay as compared to its previous military occupants.[citation needed]

Multiple civilian government and corporate tenants have taken up residency. The former on base elementary school continues to operate as the civilian-run Craig Elementary and the former base golf course continues to operate commercially as the Craig Golf Course and Driving Range. The Alabama Highway Patrol (AHP) also operates both its training academy and its headquarters for AHP's F Troop at Craig.


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for SEM (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 30 June 2011.
  2. ^ National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems Archived August 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. for 2011–2015: Appendix A (PDF, 2.03 MB) Archived September 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Federal Aviation Administration. Updated 4 October 2010.

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