Montgomery Field Airport
Gibbs AF Auxiliary Field
|IATA: MYF – ICAO: KMYF – FAA LID: MYF|
|Operator||City of San Diego|
|Location||San Diego, California|
|Elevation AMSL||427 ft / 130.1 m|
Montgomery Field (IATA: MYF, ICAO: KMYF, FAA LID: MYF) is a public airport in San Diego, California, United States, six miles (10 km) north of downtown San Diego. The airport covers 456 acres (185 ha) and has three runways, one public and two private helipads. The runways are 28 Right/10 Left-28 Left/10 Right parallels and 5/23.
The field was named for John J. Montgomery, an aviation pioneer who in 1884-1886 made the first manned, controlled, heavier-than-air flights in the United States from Otay Mesa south of San Diego starting with a glider designed in 1883. Montgomery Field is one of the nation's busiest airports for small aircraft and has a number of flying clubs, flight schools, plus business turboprops and jets based there. The San Diego Fire Department bases aircraft there. King Schools, Inc. is based nearby and its aircraft are based at the airport. Since summer 2009, King Schools (in conjunction with Cessna) has been flight-testing the prototype Cessna 162 Skycatcher Light-Sport Aircraft at or around the airport.
The airport opened in July 1940 as "Gibbs Field" as an all-way clay and gravel surface airfield. During World War II, control of the airport was assumed by the United States Army Air Forces, which built three hard runways. It was called "Gibbs Auxiliary Field" and used as a support airfield for the contractor pilot school at Ryan Field, near Hemet. It also supported training activities at the United States Army Desert Training Center (DTC) in the Mojave Desert, and later as an auxiliary airfield for Lindbergh Field in San Diego. It was used presumably as an overflow airfield to store newly manufactured B-24 Liberator bombers and PBY Catalina amphibian aircraft made by Consolidated Aircraft.
After the war the airport returned to civil control. The Federal Aviation Administration has maintained an Air Traffic Control Tower at the airport since 1965. It is on the north side of the airport, just east of Taxiway C and Runway 23/5, and the normal hours are 0600-2100 Local Time.
Accidents and incidents
- On September 25, 1978 a Cessna 172 N7711G took off from Montgomery Field and proceeded to Lindbergh Field to do a practice instrument landing (ILS) approach. PSA Flight 182 (N533PS) was heading east on its downwind descent before landing at Lindbergh. The PSA Boeing 727 hit the Cessna from behind, causing N7711G to disintegrate and flight 182 to crash.
- On February 19, 2010 a Cirrus SR-22 Turbo Gen-3 registered as N443CP, was stolen from Montgomery Field and proceeded to Los Angeles International Airport.
- On August 2, 2010 N444YP, an experimental Velocity Super XL, crashed after takeoff at Montgomery Field.
- On March 2, 2014 a Mooney M20S Eagle, N56FM, sustained minor damage after a gear-up landing. The sole occupant, the pilot, was uninjured in the incident.
- On July 30, 2014 a Mooney M20L, N147MP, crashed in an adjacent shopping center parking lot after a failed go-around at Montgomery Field. Of the two occupants on board, the passenger was killed and the pilot was seriously injured.
- Harwood, Craig; Fogel, Gary (2012). Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press.
- FAA Airport Master Record for MYF ( PDF)
- Harwood, Craig S. and Fogel, Gary B. ‘’Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West,’’ University of Oklahoma Press 2012.
- (PDF), effective November 12, 2015
- Resources for this airport:
- San Diego history in airports