Denton Municipal Airport

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This article is about an airport in Texas. For the airport in Montana, see Denton Airport.
Denton Municipal Airport
Denton Municipal Airport-TX-11Jan1996-USGS.jpg
USGS aerial image, January 1996
Airport type Public
Owner City of Denton
Serves Denton, Texas
Elevation AMSL 642 ft / 196 m
Coordinates 33°12′03″N 097°11′53″W / 33.20083°N 97.19806°W / 33.20083; -97.19806
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 7,002 2,134 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 105,010
Based aircraft 218

Denton Municipal Airport (ICAO: KDTOFAA LID: DTO), also known as Denton Airport, is a city owned, public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) west of the central business district of Denton, a city in Denton County, Texas, United States.[1]

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned DTO by the FAA,[1] but has no designation from the IATA.[2][3]


The airport was established in 1942 and used during 1943-44 by the United States Army Air Forces as a contract glider training airfield. It was known at the time as Denton Field. Harte Flying Service provided instruction. It was used primarily by C-47 Skytrains and Waco CG-4 unpowered Gliders. The mission of the school was to train glider pilot students in proficiency in operation of gliders in various types of towed and soaring flight, both day and night, and in servicing of gliders in the field.

It was inactivated in late 1944 with the drawdown of AAFTC's pilot training program. It was then declared surplus and turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers on 30 September 1945. It was eventually discharged to the War Assets Administration (WAA) and became a civil airport in December 1946.

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Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Denton Municipal Airport covers an area of 700 acres (280 ha) at an elevation of 642 feet (196 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway designated 18/36 which measures 7,002 x 150 feet (2,134 x 46 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending March 7, 2009, the airport had 105,010 aircraft operations, an average of 288 per day. At that time there were 218 aircraft based at the airport: 77% single-engine, 13% multi-engine, and >1% jet, helicopter and glider.[1]

A private plane landing at the airport

The airport has 2 flight schools:

The airport also has two fixed base operators (FBOs):

Additionally, the Hangar 10 Flying Museum is located here.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for DTO (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-05-07.
  2. ^ "Denton, Texas (FAA: DTO, ICAO: KDTO, IATA: none)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Airline and Airport Code Search". International Air Transport Association (IATA). Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  4. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
  5. ^ Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
  6. ^ Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942-2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC

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