Furnace Creek Airport

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Furnace Creek Airport

Furnace Creek Emergency Landing Field
Furnace Creek Airport - California.jpg
2006 USGS airphoto
OperatorU.S. Dept. of the Interior[2]
Elevation AMSL−210[3] ft / −64 m
Coordinates36°27′50″N 116°52′53″W / 36.46389°N 116.88139°W / 36.46389; -116.88139Coordinates: 36°27′50″N 116°52′53″W / 36.46389°N 116.88139°W / 36.46389; -116.88139
L06 is located in California
Location of Furnace Creek Airport

Furnace Creek Airport (IATA: DTH, FAA LID: L06) is a public airport located 0.75 miles (1 km) west of Furnace Creek, Death Valley, serving Inyo County, California, USA. This general aviation airport covers 40 acres (16 ha) and has one runway. At −210 feet (−64 m) MSL,[3] it is the lowest elevation airport in North America.


The original airfield, was built in 1929 by the Pacific Coast Borax Company. It served as an emergency landing field for Army and Navy military aircraft during WWII,[4] and brought tourists into the newly declared National Monument. [5]

The current airfield was opened in May 1954, one mile west of the previous landing strip along State Route 190, adjacent to Sunset Campground. The prior airfield is visible in aerial imagery, but is now used only as an overflow area for Sunset Campground during busy periods, such as the '49ers Encampment. For the first several years it was open, the airfield was plagued with issues with the pavement; the entirety of the 5,500 foot runway originally built quickly deteriorated and had to be repaired almost immediately after opening.[6] The current runway is thinner and shorter, though the older pavement is still visible in satellite imagery.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ "Airline and Airport Code Search". IATA. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  2. ^ FAA Airport Form 5010 for L06 PDF
  3. ^ a b "L06: FURNACE CREEK, DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK , CA - UNITED STATES". Aeronautical Information Services. Federal Aviation Administration. 2 January 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  4. ^ http://www.militarymuseum.org/FurnaceCreekApt.html
  5. ^ http://www.npshistory.com/publications/annual_reports/deva/1935.pdf
  6. ^ https://www.google.com/books/edition/Airman_s_Guide/7cFp9yje1LcC?hl=en&gbpv=1&pg=PA1&printsec=frontcover&bsq=furnace%20creek

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