Frederick Regional Airport

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Frederick Regional Airport
former Frederick Army Airfield
Frederick Regional Airport OK 2006 USGS.jpg
2008 USGS airphoto
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Frederick
Serves Frederick, Oklahoma
Elevation AMSL 1,258 ft / 383 m
Coordinates 34°21′08″N 098°59′02″W / 34.35222°N 98.98389°W / 34.35222; -98.98389
Map
KFDR is located in Oklahoma
KFDR
KFDR
Location of Frederick Regional Airport
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 4,812 1,467 Concrete
12/30 4,578 1,395 Concrete
17/35 6,099 1,859 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations 63,700
Based aircraft 17
Frederick Army Air Field 1944 USAAF Classbook

Frederick Regional Airport (IATA: FDRICAO: KFDRFAA LID: FDR) is a city-owned, public-use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) southeast of the central business district of Frederick, a city in Tillman County, Oklahoma, United States.[1] It was formerly known as Frederick Municipal Airport.

History[edit]

The airport was opened on 23 September 1942 as Frederick Army Airfield with four hard-surfaced runways, three of 6,000 foot (1,829 m) length (00/18; 04/22; 13/31) and one 4,380 feet (1,335 m) long (09/27). It was also used as a civil airport under a joint-use agreement. The airport was assigned to the United States Army Air Forces' Gulf Coast Training Center (later Central Flying Training Command) as an advanced twin-engine (level 3) pilot training airfield, with one of its instructors being comedian George Gobel. It had four local auxiliary airfields for emergency and overflow landings. Military flight operations from the airfield ceased on 31 October 1945 with the drawdown of AAFTC's pilot training program. It was then declared surplus and turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers on 21 September 1946. Eventually it was discharged to the War Assets Administration (WAA) and became a civil airport. [2] [3] [4]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Frederick Regional Airport covers an area of 1,442 acres (584 ha) at an elevation of 1,258 feet (383 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways: 17/35 is 6,099 by 150 feet (1,859 x 46 m) with an asphalt surface; 3/21 is 4,812 by 60 feet (1,467 x 18 m) with a concrete surface; 12/30 is 4,578 by 75 feet (1,395 x 23 m) with a concrete surface.[1]

The airport is also home to the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in the historic former Frederick Army Airfield portion of the airport.[5] In addition to its museum functions focused on World War II U.S. Army airborne infantry/paratrooper operations, the team also maintains two flyable C-47 Skytrain transports in one of the airport's remaining World War II military hangars. Painted in U.S. Army Air Forces markings, these aircraft are regularly flown for use in historical reenactments of paratrooper airdrop operations.[6]

For the 12-month period ending June 9, 2008, the airport had 63,700 aircraft operations, an average of 174 per day: 94% military and 6% general aviation. At that time there were 17 aircraft based at this airport: 76% single-engine, 18% multi-engine and 6% military.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for FDR (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 8 April 2010.
  2. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ http://www.altustimes.com/view/full_story/21479966/article-Jump-into-History-with-the-WWII-Airborne-demonstration-team%E2%80%99s-Open-Hangar-Day
  6. ^ http://www.wwiiadt.org/

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