Davison Army Airfield

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Davison Army Airfield
Davison Army Airfield - USGS 10 April 2002.jpg
USGS aerial image as of 10 April 2002
Airport typeMilitary
OwnerU.S. Army ATCA-ASO
LocationFort Belvoir, Virginia
Elevation AMSL73 ft / 22 m
Coordinates38°42′54″N 077°10′52″W / 38.71500°N 77.18111°W / 38.71500; -77.18111
DAA is located in Northern Virginia
DAA is located in Virginia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 5,618 1,712 Asphalt

Davison Army Airfield or Davison AAF (IATA: DAA, ICAO: KDAA, FAA LID: DAA) is a military use airport serving Fort Belvoir, in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States.[1]

The airfield is located 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Washington, D.C. It was named for noted World War II aviation engineer Brig. Gen. Donald Angus Davison.[2]

The airfield provided support for Army One from 1957 to 1976 for presidents Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford. Its role of support for the presidential helicopter ended in 1976 when responsibility for the helicopter was transferred entirely to the United States Marine Corps.[2]. The 12th Aviation Battalion (part of The Army Aviation Brigade, TAAB) now operates Davison AAF and the Pentagon helicopter pad.. The battalions 18 UH-60 Blackhwaks including 4 VH-60 models ("Gold Tops") is responsible for priority regional transport for US Army and Pentagon senior leadership.[3]

The Civil Air Patrol National Capitol Wing uses a small tower for use during exercises and flights, and bases their 4 Cessna 172 and 182's there.


Davison AAF has one runway designated 14/32 with an asphalt surface measuring 5,618 by 74 feet (1,712 by 23 m).[1]


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for DAA (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-07-02.
  2. ^ a b Davison Army Airfield at GlobalSecurity.org
  3. ^ "The Army Aviation Brigade".

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