Cut Bank Municipal Airport

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Cut Bank Municipal Airport
Cut Bank Army Air Field
Cut Bank Municipal Airport - Montana.jpg
2006 USGS Photo
Airport typePublic
OwnerCut Bank and Glacier County
ServesCut Bank, Montana
LocationGlacier County, near Cut Bank, Montana
Elevation AMSL3,854 ft / 1,175 m
Coordinates48°36′30″N 112°22′34″W / 48.60833°N 112.37611°W / 48.60833; -112.37611
KCTB is located in Montana
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 5,299 1,615 Asphalt
13/31 5,300 1,615 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations5,800
Based aircraft32

Cut Bank Municipal Airport (IATA: CTB, ICAO: KCTB, FAA LID: CTB) is three miles southwest of Cut Bank, in Glacier County, Montana. It is owned by Cut Bank and Glacier County.[1]

The airport's website calls it Cut Bank International Airport. Its first flight was on 1 June 1941.[2]


Cut Bank Municipal Airport covers 1,730 acres (700 ha) at an elevation of 3,854 feet (1,175 m). It has two asphalt runways: 5/23 is 5,299 by 75 feet (1,615 x 23 m) and 13/31 is 5,300 by 75 feet (1,615 x 23 m).[1]

In the year ending August 22, 2008 the airport had 5,800 aircraft operations, average 15 per day: 90% general aviation, 9% air taxi and 2% military. 32 aircraft were then based at the airport: 88% single-engine, 3% multi-engine and 9% ultralight.[1]


Cut Bank Municipal Airport and Army Air Force Base
Cut Bank Municipal Airport-MT-28Jul1995-USGS.jpg
Cut Bank Municipal Airport is located in Montana
Cut Bank Municipal Airport
Cut Bank Municipal Airport is located in the United States
Cut Bank Municipal Airport
LocationValier Hwy., Cut Bank, Montana
Coordinates48°36′27″N 112°21′59″W / 48.6075°N 112.3663°W / 48.6075; -112.3663Coordinates: 48°36′27″N 112°21′59″W / 48.6075°N 112.3663°W / 48.6075; -112.3663
Area1,460 acres (5.9 km2)
Built byArmy Corps of Engineers;
Architectural styleWWII Temporary Bldgs.
NRHP reference #07001494[3]
Added to NRHPJanuary 29, 2008

During World War II Cut Bank Army Air Field was used by the Second Air Force as an auxiliary heavy bomber training airfield, being controlled by Great Falls Army Air Base. Several squadrons of groups training at Great Falls in B-17 Flying Fortresses trained at Cut Bank. Known squadrons were:

  • 2nd Bombardment Group, 429th Bomb Squadron, November 1942-March 1943
  • 385th Bombardment Group, 550th Bomb Squadron, March–June 1943
  • 390th Bombardment Group, 569th Bomb Squadron, June–July 1943
  • 401st Bombardment Group, 613th Bomb Squadron, July–October 1943

During the Cold War Cut Bank AFB was an interceptor base, part of Air Defense Command.

The Cut Bank Municipal Airport and Army Air Force Base, on Valier Highway in Cut Bank, Montana was built in 1942. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. The listing included eight contributing buildings, 27 contributing structures, and four contributing sites on 1,460 acres (5.9 km2).[3]

It was built by the Army Corps of Engineers and includes World War II temporary buildings. It has also been known as Cut Bank International Airport.[4]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for CTB (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-09-25.
  2. ^ "Airport History". Cut Bank Airport. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved November 26, 2011.
  3. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. ^ Roy Nolkamper, Bob Jacoby, and Dennis Seglem (June 2007). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Cut Bank Municipal Airport and Army Air Force Base / Cut Bank International Airport". National Park Service. Retrieved August 12, 2017.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)

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