Malcolm McKinnon Airport

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Coordinates: 31°09′07″N 081°23′29″W / 31.15194°N 81.39139°W / 31.15194; -81.39139

Malcolm McKinnon Airport

McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerGlynn County
ServesBrunswick, Georgia
LocationSt. Simons Island
Elevation AMSL19 ft / 6 m
SSI is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Location of airport in Georgia / United States
SSI is located in the United States
SSI (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 5,800 1,768 Asphalt
16/34 3,313 1,010 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations47,750

Malcolm McKinnon Airport (IATA: SSI, ICAO: KSSI, FAA LID: SSI) is a county-owned public-use airport located five miles (8 km) east of the central business district of Brunswick, a city in Glynn County, Georgia, United States.[1]

Located on St. Simons Island, it is also known McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport. It was named for Malcom B. McKinnon, chairman of the County Commission when construction started in 1935. The airport opened on May 28, 1938, seven months after his death.[2] During World War II, it operated as Naval Air Station St. Simons Island and was eventually home to the Navy Radar Training School. Although NAS St. Simons Island remained an active air station following the war, its activities were eventually merged into nearby NAS Glynco and by 1947 it was finally closed as a naval air station and returned to its current use as a civilian airport.[3]

The airport lies on the site of Mulberry Grove plantation, which was owned by the Demeré family from the 1750s until the Civil War.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Installations of the Naval Reserve Training Station in the mid-1940s.
Aircraft parked at St. Simons in the 1970s

Malcolm McKinnon Airport covers an area of 320 acres (130 ha) which contains two asphalt paved runways: 4/22 measuring 5,800 x 100 ft (1,768 x 30 m) and 16/34 measuring 3,313 x 75 ft (1,010 x 23 m). For the 12-month period ending August 7, 2007, the airport had 47,750 aircraft operations, an average of 130 per day: 98% general aviation and 2% military.[1]


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