List of shortest runways

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This is a list of the shortest airport runways in the world. While most modern commercial aircraft require a paved runway of at least 6000 feet in length, many early aircraft were designed to operate from unprepared strips that could be improvised in small spaces. Los Angeles's Grand Central Airport, considered a landmark in aviation history, had a 1200-foot runway during its first six years of operation from 1923 to 1929.[1] Such airstrips were used by heavy as well as light aircraft. During the Doolittle Raid in WW II, twin-engine B-25 bombers with a loaded weight of seventeen tons took off from the 827-foot flight deck of the carrier USS Hornet.[2] As late as 1977 a Lockheed Constellation demonstrated its ability to use the 2700 foot runway of the Greenwood Lake Airport in New Jersey,[3] and in 1946, a lightened Constellation took off from a grass strip in 2000 feet on only three engines.[4] Most general aviation aircraft retain this short-field performance; the Cessna 172, the most produced aircraft in history, will take off in as little as 720 feet when fully loaded.[5] Many small airfields capable of accommodating these types remain in use, mostly in remote areas in the American West and French Alps, where space is limited.

List of airports with a primary runway less than 4,000 feet long[edit]

ID Airport name Location Length (ft) Length (m) Elevation (ft)
1ID9 Skyline Airport[6] Inkom, Idaho 400 122 5,640
MT62 Ted Luark Airstrip[7] Huson, Montana 500 152 3,500
Grise Fiord Airport Grise Fiord, Nunavut, Canada 1,675 511 135
Mile Hi Airstrip[8] Yellow Pine, Idaho 560 171 5,831
Dewey Moore Airstrip[9] Big Creek, Idaho 700 213 4,494
James Ranch Airstrip[10] Warren, Idaho 800 244 2,117
MT94 Ousel Falls Airport[11] Big Sky, Montana 900 274 6,600
Simonds Airstrip[12] Yellow Pine, Idaho 900 274 5,243
ME46 Back Acres Airport[13] Kennebunkport, Maine 1,000 305 60
27MT Rahn Airport[14] Kalispell, Montana 1,000 305 3,090
5NA0 Semchenko Airport[15] Max, North Dakota 1,100 335 2,065
Vines Airstrip[16] Big Creek, Idaho 1,100 335 4,110
4NY8 Harris Hill Gliderport[17] Elmira, New York 1,115 340 1,709
LFJD Corlier Aerodrome[18] Corlier, France 1,148 350 2,762
3NA2 Lorentzen Airport[19] Washburn, North Dakota 1,200 366 1,790
Red Creek Airstrip[20] Payson, Arizona 1,200 366 2,400
MT42 Hasskamp Airport[21] Three Forks, Montana 1,225 373 4,052
89OR Mucky Flat Airport[22] Eagle Point, Oregon 1,250 381 2,000
26OG Oakridge Airport[23] Eagle Point, Oregon 1,275 389 1,560
08ND Brecht Strip[24] Golden Valley, North Dakota 1,300 396 1,990
MYCC Cat Cays Airport[25] North Cat Cay, The Bahamas 1,300 396 0
30MT Nistler Strip[26] Helena, Montana 1,304 397 4,753
TNCS Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport[27] Saba 1,312 400 60
FXME Matekane Air Strip[28] Matekane, Lesotho 1,312 400 7,544
2NA0 Soderquist Airport[29] Wilton, North Dakota 1,320 402 1,880
LFKX Méribel Altiport[30] Les Allues, France 1,332 406 5,639
NV31 Barker Creek Ranch Airstrip[31] Round Mountain, Nevada 1,350 411 6,600
ID13 Sky Island Ranch Airport[32] St. Maries, Idaho 1,400 427 2,880
40MT Silver Creek Airport[33] Helena, Montana 1,400 427 3,860
OG13 Fly by Night Airport[34] Ruch, Oregon 1,402 427 1,660
LFHM Megève Altiport[35] Megève, France 1,424 434 4,830
MT06 Duncan Airport[36] Helena, Montana 1,467 447 4,260
LFHU Alpe d'Huez Airport[37] Alpe d'Huez, France 1,500 457 6,102
84OR B Bar Ranch Airport[38] Selma, Oregon 1,500 457 1,400
0MT9 Lone Hawk Airport[39] Whitefish, Montana 1,500 457 3,284
MT83 Ten Mile Airport[40] Helena, Montana 1,500 457 4,294
Wilson Bar Airstrip[41] Warren, Idaho 1,500 457 2,250
Heligoland Airport Heligoland, Germany 1,575 480 5
CD02 Skyote Airport[42] Steamboat Springs, Colorado 1,600 488 8,200
TAPH Barbuda Codrington Airport[43] Codrington, Barbuda 1,640 500 15
EFHL Hailuoto Airfield[44] Hailuoto, Finland 1,640 500 7
85U Soldier Bar Airstrip[45] Big Creek, Idaho 1,650 503 4,190
0OR5 East Oregon Cattle Company Airport[46] Eagle Point, Oregon 1,700 518 1,345
NA12 Johnson Private Airport[47] Turtle Lake, North Dakota 1,700 518 1,920
23MT Waterfall Airport[48] Bozeman, Montana 1,725 526 4,950
VNLK Tenzing–Hillary Airport[49] Lukla, Nepal 1,729 527 9,334
I08 Cabin Creek Airstrip[50] Big Creek, Idaho 1,750 533 4,289
CD20 Sprague Airport[51] Loveland, Colorado 1,750 533 5,603
LFLJ Courchevel Altiport[52] Courchevel, France 1,762 537 6,588
CPL3 Kars/Rideau Valley Air Park[53] Kars, Ontario, Canada 1,800 549 286
16CO Dry Pen Airport[54] Parachute, Colorado 1,800 549 5,331
MT71 Edsall Field[55] Bozeman, Montana 1,800 549 4,659
34CD Elk Park Ranch Airport[56] Allenspark, Colorado 1,800 549 7,900
31D Inter County Airport[57] Irwin, Pennsylvania 1,800 549 1,250
HI23 Mountain View Airstrip[58] Mountain View, Hawaii 1,800 549 1,500
10ND Smith Strip[59] Halliday, North Dakota 1,800 549 2,200
1MT3 Wood Strip[60] Elliston, Montana 1,800 549 5,100
YOBR Old Bar Heritage Airport[61] Old Bar, New South Wales 1,944 593 10
W27 Woodland State Airport[62] Woodland, Washington 1,953 595 29
N43 Braden Airpark[63] Easton, Pennsylvania 1,956 596 399
9CL3 Likely Airport[64] Likely, California 1,960 597 4,420
TRPG John A. Osborne Airport[65] Montserrat 1,968 600 550
Langeoog Airfield Langeoog, Germany 1,968 600 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport Journals: A Journey Back in Time - Grand Central Air Terminal
  2. ^ National Geographic: Trained in Secret, These Fearless Pilots Retaliated for Pearl Harbor
  3. ^ YouTube: Connie Arrives at Greenwood Lake - 4N1
  4. ^ HistoryNet: The Legendary Lockheed Constellation
  5. ^ Cessna 172 Pilot's Operating Handbook: Takeoff Distance
  6. ^ AirNav: 1ID9 - Skyline Airport
  7. ^ Mountain Flying LLC: Airstrip Junkies 7
  8. ^ Mile Hi Airstrip - Mountain Flying
  9. ^ Mountain Flying LLC - Dewey Moore Airstrip
  10. ^ Mountain Flying LLC - James Ranch Airstrip
  11. ^ AirNav: MT94 - Ousel Falls Airport
  12. ^ Boldmethod: Pilots Land On A Mile-High Strip That's Only 900' Long
  13. ^ AirNav: ME46 - Back Acres Airport
  14. ^ AirNav: 27MT - Rahn Airport
  15. ^ AirNav: 5NA0 - Semchenko Airport
  16. ^ Mountain Flying LLC: Idaho Airstrips - Vines
  17. ^ AirNav: 4NY8 - Harris Hill Gliderport
  18. ^ Airport information for Corlier, France (LFJD) at Great Circle Mapper. Source: AIP France.
  19. ^ AirNav: 3NA2 - Lorentzen Airport
  20. ^ Arizona Pilots Association: Red Creek Airstrip Information
  21. ^ AirNav: MT42 - Hasskamp Airport
  22. ^ AirNav: 89OR - Mucky Flat Airport
  23. ^ AirNav: 26OG - Oakridge Ranch Airport
  24. ^ AirNav: 08ND - Brecht Strip Airport
  25. ^ Airport Guide: Cat Cay Airport
  26. ^ AirNav: 30MT - Nistler Strip Airport
  27. ^ Slate: Try Not to Drive off the World’s Shortest Landing Strip
  28. ^ Travel and Leisure: The World's Scariest Runways
  29. ^ AirNav: 2NA0 - Soderquist Airport
  30. ^ LFKX - Meribel Airport - Skyvector
  31. ^ Airstrip Junkies 2
  32. ^ AirNav: ID13 - Sky Island Ranch Airport
  33. ^ AirNav: 40MT - Silver Creek Airport
  34. ^ AirNav: OG13 - Fly by Night Airport
  35. ^ LFHM – MEGÈVE. AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 28 March 2019.
  36. ^ AirNav: MT06 - Duncan Airport
  37. ^ Airport information for AHZ at Great Circle Mapper.
  38. ^ AirNav: 84OR - B Bar Ranch Airport
  39. ^ AirNav: 0MT9 - Lone Hawk Airport
  40. ^ AirNav: MT83 - Ten Mile Airport
  41. ^ Mountain Flying LLC: Idaho Airstrips - Wilson Bar
  42. ^ AirNav: CD02 - Skyote Airport
  43. ^ BBQ - Barbuda Codrington, AG - Airport - Great Circle Mapper
  44. ^ Hailuoto Airport - EFHL - Airport Guide
  45. ^ Mountain Flying LLC: Idaho Airstrips - Soldier Bar
  46. ^ AirNav: 0OR5 - East Oregon Cattle Company Airport
  47. ^ AirNav: NA12 - Johnson Private Airport
  48. ^ AirNav: 23MT - Waterfall Airport
  49. ^ The Ten Most Unusual Airports in the World - Part 1
  50. ^ AirNav: I08 - Cabin Creek USFS Service Airport
  51. ^ AirNav: CD20 - Sprague Airport
  52. ^ The Telegraph: Which is the world's shortest airport runway?
  53. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 28 February 2019 to 0901Z 25 April 2019.
  54. ^ AirNav: 16CO - Dry Pen Airport
  55. ^ AirNav: MT71 - Edsall Field Airport
  56. ^ AirNav: 34CD - Elk Park Ranch Airport
  57. ^ AirNav: 31D - Inter County Airport
  58. ^ AirNav: HI23 - Mountain View Airstrip
  59. ^ AirNav: 10ND - Smith Strip Airport
  60. ^ AirNav: 1MT3 - Wood Strip Airport
  61. ^ Old Bar Heritage Airport - YOBR - Airport Guide
  62. ^ AirNav: W27 - Woodland State Airport
  63. ^ Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority: Braden Airpark
  64. ^ AirNav: 9CL3 - Likely Airport
  65. ^ AirportGuide: Runways - John A. Osborne Airport