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 6,000 feet (1,800 m) 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 1,200-foot (370 m) 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 (252 m) flight deck of the carrier USS Hornet.[2] As late as 1977 a Lockheed Constellation demonstrated its ability to use the 2,700-foot (820 m) runway of the Greenwood Lake Airport in New Jersey,[3] and in 1946, a lightened Constellation took off from a grass strip in 2,000 feet (600 m) 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 (220 m) 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 2,000 feet (600 m) long[edit]

ID[a] Airport name Location Length (ft) Length (m) Elevation (ft)
1ID9 Simko Field Airport[6] Inkom, Idaho 400 122 5,640
Ted Luark Airstrip[7] Huson, Montana 500 152 3,500
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
EGEW Westray Airport[13] Westray, Scotland 955 291 29
ME46 Back Acres Airport[14] Kennebunkport, Maine 1,000 305 60
27MT Rahn Airport[15] Kalispell, Montana 1,000 305 3,090
5NA0 Semchenko Airport[16] Max, North Dakota 1,100 335 2,065
Vines Airstrip[17] Big Creek, Idaho 1,100 335 4,110
4NY8 Harris Hill Gliderport[18] Elmira, New York 1,115 340 1,709
LFJD Corlier Aerodrome[19] Corlier, France 1,148 350 2,762
WA39 Crow Valley Airport[20][21] Eastsound, Washington 1,171 357 113
3NA2 Lorentzen Airport[22] Washburn, North Dakota 1,200 366 1,790
Red Creek Airstrip[23] Payson, Arizona 1,200 366 2,400
MT42 Hasskamp Airport[24] Three Forks, Montana 1,225 373 4,052
89OR Mucky Flat Airport[25] Eagle Point, Oregon 1,250 381 2,000
26OG Oakridge Airport[26] Eagle Point, Oregon 1,275 389 1,560
08ND Brecht Strip[27] Golden Valley, North Dakota 1,300 396 1,990
MYCC Cat Cays Airport[28] North Cat Cay, The Bahamas 1,300 396 0
30MT Nistler Strip[29] Helena, Montana 1,304 397 4,753
TNCS Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport[30] Saba 1,312 400 60
FXME Matekane Air Strip[31] Matekane, Lesotho 1,312 400 7,544
2NA0 Soderquist Airport[32] Wilton, North Dakota 1,320 402 1,880
LFKX Méribel Altiport[33] Les Allues, France 1,332 406 5,639
NV31 Barker Creek Ranch Airstrip[34] Round Mountain, Nevada 1,350 411 6,600
ID13 Sky Island Ranch Airport[35] St. Maries, Idaho 1,400 427 2,880
40MT Silver Creek Airport[36] Helena, Montana 1,400 427 3,860
OG13 Fly by Night Airport[37] Ruch, Oregon 1,402 427 1,660
LFHM Megève Altiport[38] Megève, France 1,424 434 4,830
Flugplatz Locher Sarntal Locher, Italy 1,434 437 2,608
MT06 Duncan Airport[39] Helena, Montana 1,467 447 4,260
WA93 Eliza Island Airport[40][41] Eliza Island, Washington 1,500 457 8
LFHU Alpe d'Huez Airport[42] Alpe d'Huez, France 1,500 457 6,102
84OR B Bar Ranch Airport[43] Selma, Oregon 1,500 457 1,400
0MT9 Lone Hawk Airport[44] Whitefish, Montana 1,500 457 3,284
MT83 Ten Mile Airport[45] Helena, Montana 1,500 457 4,294
C48 Wilson Bar Airstrip[46][47] Warren, Idaho 1,500 457 2,275
2WA3 Stuart Island West[48][49] Stuart Island, Washington 1,560 475 200
EDXH Heligoland Airport Heligoland, Germany 1,575 480 5
78WA Center Island Airport[50][51] Center Island (Washington) 1,600 488 115
CD02 Skyote Airport[52] Steamboat Springs, Colorado 1,600 488 8,200
TAPH Barbuda Codrington Airport[53] Codrington, Barbuda 1,640 500 15
EFHL Hailuoto Airfield[54] Hailuoto, Finland 1,640 500 7
85U Soldier Bar Airstrip[55] Big Creek, Idaho 1,650 503 4,190
CYGZ Grise Fiord Airport Grise Fiord, Nunavut, Canada 1,675 511 135
0OR5 East Oregon Cattle Company Airport[56] Eagle Point, Oregon 1,700 518 1,345
NA12 Johnson Private Airport[57] Turtle Lake, North Dakota 1,700 518 1,920
EGHE St Mary's Airport, Isles of Scilly[58] Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom 1,722 525 116
23MT Waterfall Airport[59] Bozeman, Montana 1,725 526 4,950
VNLK Tenzing–Hillary Airport[60] Lukla, Nepal 1,729 527 9,334
13W Camano Island Airfield [61][62][63] Stanwood, Washington 1,750 533 145
5S4 Toledo State Airport [64][65] Newport, Oregon 1,750 533 12
I08 Cabin Creek Airstrip[66] Big Creek, Idaho 1,750 533 4,289
CD20 Sprague Airport[67] Loveland, Colorado 1,750 533 5,603
LFLJ Courchevel Altiport[68] Courchevel, France 1,762 537 6,588
EGEF Fair Isle Airport[69] Shetland, United Kingdom 1,762 537 237
CKU Cordova Municipal Airport[70][71] Cordova, Alaska 1,800 549 12
3B8 Shady Acres Airport[72][73] Spanaway, Washington 1,800 549 445
KCZK Cascade Locks State[74] Cascade Locks, Oregon 1,800 549 151
8S2 Cashmere Dryden[75] Cashmere, Washington 1,800 549 857
CPL3 Kars/Rideau Valley Air Park[76] Kars, Ontario, Canada 1,800 549 286
16CO Dry Pen Airport[77] Parachute, Colorado 1,800 549 5,331
MT71 Edsall Field[78] Bozeman, Montana 1,800 549 4,659
34CD Elk Park Ranch Airport[79] Allenspark, Colorado 1,800 549 7,900
31D Inter County Airport[80] Irwin, Pennsylvania 1,800 549 1,250
HI23 Mountain View Airstrip[81] Mountain View, Hawaii 1,800 549 1,500
10ND Smith Strip[82] Halliday, North Dakota 1,800 549 2,200
1MT3 Wood Strip[83] Elliston, Montana 1,800 549 5,100
1I8 Converse[84] Converse, Indiana 1,800 549 840
NZUK Pukaki Airport Twizel, New Zealand, 1,804 550 1,575
39P Strom Field Airport[85] Morton, Washington 1,810 552 941
2W2 Clearview Airpark[86] Westminster, Maryland 1,840 561 760
WN13 Vaughan Ranch Airfield[87] Port Orchard, Washington 1,850 564 240
KPFC Pacific City State Airport[88][89][90] Pacific City, Oregon 1,860 567 10
YOBR Old Bar Heritage Airport[91] Old Bar, New South Wales 1,944 593 10
W27 Woodland State Airport[92] Woodland, Washington 1,953 595 29
N43 Braden Airpark[93] Easton, Pennsylvania 1,956 596 399
9CL3 Likely Airport[94] Likely, California 1,960 597 4,420
TRPG John A. Osborne Airport[95] Montserrat 1,968 600 550
EDWL Langeoog Airfield Langeoog, Germany 1,968 600 5

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ FAA Location Identifier or ICAO code

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 - Simko Field 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. ^ [1]
  14. ^ AirNav: ME46 - Back Acres Airport
  15. ^ AirNav: 27MT - Rahn Airport
  16. ^ AirNav: 5NA0 - Semchenko Airport
  17. ^ Mountain Flying LLC: Idaho Airstrips - Vines
  18. ^ AirNav: 4NY8 - Harris Hill Gliderport
  19. ^ Airport information for Corlier, France (LFJD) at Great Circle Mapper. Source: AIP France.
  20. ^ AirNav: WA39 Crow Valley Airport
  21. ^ FAA Aeronautical Information Services - Crow Valley
  22. ^ AirNav: 3NA2 - Lorentzen Airport
  23. ^ Arizona Pilots Association: Red Creek Airstrip Information
  24. ^ AirNav: MT42 - Hasskamp Airport
  25. ^ AirNav: 89OR - Mucky Flat Airport
  26. ^ AirNav: 26OG - Oakridge Ranch Airport
  27. ^ AirNav: 08ND - Brecht Strip Airport
  28. ^ Airport Guide: Cat Cay Airport
  29. ^ AirNav: 30MT - Nistler Strip Airport
  30. ^ Slate: Try Not to Drive off the World’s Shortest Landing Strip
  31. ^ Travel and Leisure: The World's Scariest Runways
  32. ^ AirNav: 2NA0 - Soderquist Airport
  33. ^ LFKX - Meribel Airport - Skyvector
  34. ^ Airstrip Junkies 2
  35. ^ AirNav: ID13 - Sky Island Ranch Airport
  36. ^ AirNav: 40MT - Silver Creek Airport
  37. ^ AirNav: OG13 - Fly by Night Airport
  38. ^ LFHM – MEGÈVE. AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 25 February 2021.
  39. ^ AirNav: MT06 - Duncan Airport
  40. ^ AirNav: WA93 - Eliza Island Airport
  41. ^ FAA Aeronautical Information Service - Eliza Island
  42. ^ Airport information for AHZ at Great Circle Mapper.
  43. ^ AirNav: 84OR - B Bar Ranch Airport
  44. ^ AirNav: 0MT9 - Lone Hawk Airport
  45. ^ AirNav: MT83 - Ten Mile Airport
  46. ^ [https://nfdc.faa.gov/nfdcApps/services/ajv5/airportDisplay.jsp?airportId=c48 FAA Aeronautical Information - Wilson Bar]
  47. ^ Mountain Flying LLC: Idaho Airstrips - Wilson Bar
  48. ^ AirNav: Stuart Island West
  49. ^ FAA Aeronautical Information Services: Stuart Island West
  50. ^ AirNav: 78WA - Center Island Airport
  51. ^ FAA Aeronautical Information Services - Center Island
  52. ^ AirNav: CD02 - Skyote Airport
  53. ^ BBQ - Barbuda Codrington, AG - Airport - Great Circle Mapper
  54. ^ Hailuoto Airport - EFHL - Airport Guide
  55. ^ Mountain Flying LLC: Idaho Airstrips - Soldier Bar
  56. ^ AirNav: 0OR5 - East Oregon Cattle Company Airport
  57. ^ AirNav: NA12 - Johnson Private Airport
  58. ^ Skyvector, St Mary's Airport, Isles of Scilly
  59. ^ AirNav: 23MT - Waterfall Airport
  60. ^ The Ten Most Unusual Airports in the World - Part 1
  61. ^ FAA Aeronautical Information Services
  62. ^ AirNav: W13 - Camano Island Airfield
  63. ^ Washington Department of Transportation: Camano Island Airfield
  64. ^ AirNav: 5S4 - Toledo State Airport
  65. ^ FAA Aeronautical Information Services - Toledo State
  66. ^ AirNav: I08 - Cabin Creek USFS Service Airport
  67. ^ AirNav: CD20 - Sprague Airport
  68. ^ The Telegraph: Which is the world's shortest airport runway?
  69. ^ Travel Fair Isle /Getting to the island
  70. ^ AirNav: CKU - Cordova Municipal Airport
  71. ^ FAA Aeronautical Services - Cordova Muni
  72. ^ AirNav: 3B8 - Shady Acres Airport
  73. ^ FAA Aeronautical Services - Shady Acres
  74. ^ FAA Aeronautical Information - Cascade Locks State
  75. ^ FAA Aeronautical Information - Cashmere Dryden
  76. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 16 July 2020 to 0901Z 10 September 2020.
  77. ^ AirNav: 16CO - Dry Pen Airport
  78. ^ AirNav: MT71 - Edsall Field Airport
  79. ^ AirNav: 34CD - Elk Park Ranch Airport
  80. ^ AirNav: 31D - Inter County Airport
  81. ^ AirNav: HI23 - Mountain View Airstrip
  82. ^ AirNav: 10ND - Smith Strip Airport
  83. ^ AirNav: 1MT3 - Wood Strip Airport
  84. ^ AirNav: 1I8 - Converse
  85. ^ AirNav: 39P - Strom Field Airport
  86. ^ [2]
  87. ^ FAA Aeronautical Information - Vaughan Ranch Airfield
  88. ^ FAA Aeronautical Information - Pacific City State
  89. ^ AirNav: KPFC: Pacific City State Airport
  90. ^ Oregon Department of Aviation - Pacific City State Airport
  91. ^ Old Bar Heritage Airport - YOBR - Airport Guide
  92. ^ AirNav: W27 - Woodland State Airport
  93. ^ "Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority: Braden Airpark". Archived from the original on 2017-11-07. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  94. ^ AirNav: 9CL3 - Likely Airport
  95. ^ AirportGuide: Runways - John A. Osborne Airport