Lake Wales Municipal Airport
|Lake Wales Municipal Airport
Lake Wales Army Airfield
2006 USGS airphoto
|Airport type||Public use|
|Owner||City of Lake Wales|
|Operator||Mark R. Mc Duff|
|Serves||Lake Wales, Florida|
|Location||Lake Wales, Florida|
|Elevation AMSL||127 ft / 39 m|
Lake Wales Municipal Airport (FAA LID: X07) is a public-use airport located 2 miles (3.2 km) west of the central business district of the city of Lake Wales in Polk County, Florida, United States. The airport is publicly owned.
The Airport's service area includes the cities of Lake Wales, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Highland Park, Hillcrest Heights, and Lake Hamilton. Typical operations conducted at the Airport are local and transient general aviation, localized recreational glider activity, and skydiving. Presently there are no air carrier, commuter or air taxi operations conducted at the Airport.
The Airport's current Airport role and classification are listed in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport System (NPIAS) as a General Utility General Aviation Airport capable of accommodating virtually all General Aviation aircraft with maximum gross takeoff weights of 12,500 pounds or less with wingspans up to, but not including, 79 feet.
Opened in 1928 as a civil airport, in 1943 the airport was leased by the United States Army Air Forces as an auxiliary airfield of Sarasota Army Airfield. III Fighter Command used Lake Wales Army Airfieldfor fighter training of replacement personnel. The Army improved the facility which included the construction of the two present 4,000-foot runways. No permanent units were assigned.
It was inactivated in 1945 and returned to civil control.