Furnace Creek Airport
|Furnace Creek Airport|
Furnace Creek Emergency Landing Field
2006 USGS airphoto
|Operator||U.S. Dept. of the Interior|
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, it is the lowest elevation airport in North America.
The original airfield, known as Furnace Creek Emergency Landing Field, was built around 1942 by the War Department. It served as an emergency landing field for Army and Navy military aircraft. It was abandoned after the end of the war in 1945.
The current airfield was opened in May 1953, one mile west of the wartime emergency landing strip along State Route 190, adjacent to Sunset Campground. The wartime 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.
- California World War II Army Airfields
- List of places on land with elevations below sea level
- List of extreme points of the United States
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