Durant Regional Airport–Eaker Field

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Eaker Field
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Durant
Serves Durant
Elevation AMSL 699 ft / 213 m
Coordinates 33°56′32″N 096°23′40″W / 33.94222°N 96.39444°W / 33.94222; -96.39444
Website aviation.se.edu/...
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 5,001 1,524 Asphalt
12/30 3,000 914 Asphalt
Statistics (2005)
Aircraft operations 46,355
Based aircraft 21

Durant Regional Airport–Eaker Field (IATA: DUAICAO: KDUAFAA LID: DUA) is three miles (5 km) south of Durant, Oklahoma. It was established in September 1943.[2] The airport is home to Southeastern Oklahoma State University's Aviation Sciences Institute.

History[edit]

The airport is named for SOSU alum General Ira Eaker, a 1917 graduate of Southeastern who served in World War I and World War II. During World War II, General Eaker was commander of the Eighth Air Force in England and led several historic bombing missions against targets in occupied Europe and Germany.

The City of Durant named an airfield west of town in honor of then Captain Eaker in the 1930s. The U.S. Navy built the current airfield as an auxiliary field during World War II and it became Durant Municipal Airport after the war. It was later renamed Eaker Field.[2]

For a year or two around 1951-52 Durant had scheduled airline flights—Central DC-3s.

Facilities[edit]

Eaker Field covers 840 acres (3.4 km2) and has one asphalt runway. Runway 17/35 is 5,001 x 100 ft (1,524.3 x 30.5 m).

In 2005 the airport had 46,355 aircraft operations, average 127 per day: 97.8% general aviation, 2.2% general aviation itinerant, 0.1% military. 21 aircraft were then based at the airport: 17 single-engine, 3 multi-engine, and 1 jet.

Expansion[edit]

The Eaker Field Airport Terminal.

On February 11, 2011, Eaker Field opened a new, modern 8,000 sq ft (740 m2) terminal building. The project was funded by the Durant Industrial Authority and by a grant provided by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission.[1] The taxiway was also resurfaced for the first time since 1943.[2]

The original design called for an air traffic control tower to be added, but that plan was later scrapped due to the cost.

References[edit]

  1. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for DUA (Form 5010 PDF).
  2. ^ a b "Eaker Field (DUA)". Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Aviation Sciences Institute. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 

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