Douthitt Strip

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Douthitt Strip
Douthitt Strip Airport-CA-28May2002-USGS.jpg
Airport typePrivate use
OwnerR. Douthitt Enterprises, Inc.
ServesEl Centro, California
Elevation AMSL45 ft / 14 m
Coordinates32°47′20″N 115°31′47″W / 32.78889°N 115.52972°W / 32.78889; -115.52972Coordinates: 32°47′20″N 115°31′47″W / 32.78889°N 115.52972°W / 32.78889; -115.52972
23CN is located in California
Location of airport in California
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 1,800 549 Dirt
8/26 1,400 427 Dirt
Based aircraft23

Douthitt Strip (FAA LID: 23CN) is a privately owned, private use airport located one nautical mile (2 km) east of the central business district of El Centro, a city in Imperial County, California, United States.[1]


It provided contract glider training to the United States Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1944. Training was provided by Aeronautical Training Center, Inc. It used primarily 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 gliders in the field.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Douthitt Strip has two runways with dirt surfaces: 4/22 is 1,800 by 100 feet (549 x 30 m) and 8/26 is 1,400 by 100 feet (427 x 30 m). There are 23 aircraft based at this airport: 91% single-engine and 9% ultralight.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Form 5010 for 23CN PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.

Other sources[edit]

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