George M. Bryan Airport

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George M. Bryan Airport
(former Starkville AF Aux. Field)
George M. Bryan Airport - Mississippi.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner City of Starkville
Serves Starkville, Mississippi
Elevation AMSL 333 ft / 101 m
Coordinates 33°25′59″N 088°50′55″W / 33.43306°N 88.84861°W / 33.43306; -88.84861Coordinates: 33°25′59″N 088°50′55″W / 33.43306°N 88.84861°W / 33.43306; -88.84861
STF is located in Mississippi
Location of airport in Mississippi
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 5,550 1,692 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 22,520
Based aircraft 40

George M. Bryan Airport[1][2] (ICAO: KSTF, FAA LID: STF) is a public use airport in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, United States.[1] It is owned by the City of Starkville and located three nautical miles (6 km) southwest of its central business district.[1] This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.[3]

Also known as Starkville / Oktibbeha County Airport or George M. Bryan Field,[4] the airport was named in honor of World War II veteran and Starkville native George Martin Bryan.[5]

Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned STF by the FAA[1] but has no designation from the IATA[6] (which assigned STF to Stephens Island in Queensland, Australia).[7]


Opened in 1934 as Starkville Municipal Airport. During World War II the airport was taken over abruptly by the government to be used as a glider training base (Starkville AF Auxiliary Field). Plans for the AAF Basic Training Detachment were for 150 students using the TG-5 gliders. The gliders were towed by the BT-13 Vultee "Vibrator". Students lived in the dormitories at Mississippi State College, where they also used its classrooms and dining facilities. [8]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

George M. Bryan Airport covers an area of 635 acres (257 ha) at an elevation of 333 feet (101 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 18/36 with an asphalt and concrete surface measuring 5,550 by 150 feet (1,692 x 46 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending January 19, 2012, the airport had 22,520 aircraft operations, an average of 61 per day: 98% general aviation and 2% military. At that time there were 40 aircraft based at this airport: 72.5% single-engine, 17.5% glider, 5% jet, 2.5% multi-engine, and 2.5% helicopter.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g FAA Airport Master Record for STF (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "George M. Bryan Airport". Oktibbeha County. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on 2012-09-27. External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Starkville / Oktibbeha County Airport". City of Starkville. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "George M. Bryan Field". Raspet Flight Research Laboratory. Archived from the original on 2008-04-30.
  6. ^ "George M. Bryan Airport (IATA: none, ICAO: KSTF, FAA: STF)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (STF: Stephens Island)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  8. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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