Grimes Field

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Grimes Field
Grimes Field, Urbana, Ohio, United States.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Urbana
ServesUrbana, Ohio
Elevation AMSL1,068 ft / 326 m
Coordinates40°07′57″N 083°45′13″W / 40.13250°N 83.75361°W / 40.13250; -83.75361
I74 is located in Ohio
Location of airport in Ohio/United States
I74 is located in the US
I74 (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 4,400 1,341 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations23,480
Based aircraft52

Grimes Field (FAA LID: I74) is a city-owned public-use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) north of the central business district of Urbana, a city in Champaign County, Ohio, United States.[1] Named for Warren G. Grimes, it is also known as Urbana Municipal Airport and it serves general aviation traffic.[2] Although it is owned by the City of Urbana, Grimes Field is self-supporting. Meaning that it receives no money from the general fund, instead relying on raising its own money via Hangar Rental, Fuel Sales and Farm Land Rental for operating.

The airport is home to the Champaign Aviation Museum.[3] It houses a project to rebuild a World War II era B-17 Heavy Bomber called the Champaign Lady. The B-17 Project website shows the progress and has two live web cameras in the hangar where the aircraft is being restored. Volunteers work on it Tuesday through Saturday (10:00 am until 4:00 pm). The public is welcome, admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated![4] As of 1 July 2016, the airport manager was Elton Cultice.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Grimes Field covers an area of 329 acres (133 ha) at an elevation of 1,068 feet (326 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways. One runway, designated 2/20 with an asphalt surface measuring 4,400 by 100 feet (1,341 x 30 m).and a second runway, designated 1/19 with a grass surface measuring 3000 by 100 feet (914 x 30m)[1]

For the 12-month period ending May 21, 2013, the airport had 23,360 aircraft operations, an average of 64 per day: 51% transient, 45% local, 2% military and 2% air taxi. At that time there were 55 aircraft based at this airport: 39 single-engine, 11 multi-engine, 1 helicopter and 4 ultralight.[1]


Grimes Field is host to several events each year. The 2017 Calendar includes several FAA Wings Seminars, a Young Eagles Event in May, a Military Appreciation Day in June (this year featuring the Eyes of Freedom Memorial), a July 4th BBQ/Car Show/Fireworks Display/Fly-in, (MERFI) the Mid-Eastern Regional Fly In in August (this year presenting a Barnstorming Festival), and a Balloon Festival in September. Watch the website at and the Facebook page for more information.

There is also a B-25, C-47, Fairchild, and Stinson based here at the Champaign Aviation Museum.

Grimes Field is a component of the National Aviation Heritage Area.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for I74 (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective 13 Sept 2016.
  2. ^ History of Warren Grimes and Grimes Field
  3. ^ Champaign Aviation Museum
  4. ^ B-17 Project
  5. ^ "Home of the Wright Brothers". National Aviation Heritage Area. Retrieved 16 March 2012.

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