Jones Field

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Jones Field
Jones Field - Texas.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Bonham
Serves Bonham, Texas
Elevation AMSL 618 ft / 188 m
Coordinates 33°36′47″N 096°10′46″W / 33.61306°N 96.17944°W / 33.61306; -96.17944Coordinates: 33°36′47″N 096°10′46″W / 33.61306°N 96.17944°W / 33.61306; -96.17944
Map
F00 is located in Texas
F00
F00
Location of airport in Texas
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 4,000 1,219 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 5,700
Based aircraft 25

Jones Field (FAA LID: F00) is a city owned, public use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) north of the central business district of Bonham, a city in Fannin County, Texas, United States.[1] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation airport.[2]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Jones Field covers an area of 300 acres (121 ha) at an elevation of 618 feet (188 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 17/35 with an asphalt surface measuring 4,000 by 75 feet (1,219 x 23 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending August 15, 2010, the airport had 5,700 general aviation aircraft operations, an average of 15 per day. At that time there were 25 aircraft based at this airport: 88% single-engine, 4% multi-engine, and 8% ultralight.[1]

History[edit]

Jones Field 1943 Classbook

Originally dedicated as the Bonham city airport on November 11, 1929 as George Jones Airport. The land was leased from the city of Bonham, and construction began in summer 1941. The school opened on October 4, 1941, and had three hangars and a 1200’ x 100’ asphalt ramp among its facilities. Activated by the United States Army Air Forces on October 4, 1941. Assigned to the USAAF Gulf Coast Training Center (later Central Flying Training Command) as a primary (level 1) pilot training airfield.

Base unit was 2547th Army Air Force Base Unit (Contract Pilot School, Primary). Pilot school operated by Bonham Aviation School under control of 302d Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment. This was a civil contract flying school, providing elementary flying training for the Army Air Forces. At some point in time, probably in 1942, the property was purchased by the Defense Plant Corporation (who referred to it as PLANCOR 435) and leased back to Bonham Aviation School. This was a typical arrangement for contract flying schools serving the Army Air Forces.

Flying training was performed with Fairchild PT-19s as the primary trainer. Also had several PT-17 Stearmans and a few P-40 Warhawks assigned. The last student flew on 12 October 1944, and the school was inactivated on 16 October 1944 with the drawdown of AAFTC's pilot training program and was declared surplus and turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers. Eventually discharged to the War Assets Administration (WAA) returned to civil control.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for F00 (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "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 September 27, 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
  • 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.
  • 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

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