Sikeston Memorial Municipal Airport

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Sikeston Memorial Municipal Airport
Harvey Parks Army Airfield
Sikeston Memorial Municipal Airport - Missouri.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Sikeston
Serves Sikeston, Missouri
Elevation AMSL 315 ft / 96 m
Coordinates 36°53′56″N 089°33′42″W / 36.89889°N 89.56167°W / 36.89889; -89.56167Coordinates: 36°53′56″N 089°33′42″W / 36.89889°N 89.56167°W / 36.89889; -89.56167
Map
SIK is located in Missouri
SIK
SIK
Location of airport in Missouri
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 5,502 1,677 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 6,300
Based aircraft 20

Sikeston Memorial Municipal Airport (IATA: SIKICAO: KSIKFAA LID: SIK) is a city owned, public use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) northeast of the central business district of Sikeston, in Scott County, Missouri, United States.[1] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation airport.[2]

History[edit]

Opened in April 1940 as Harvey Parks Airport with 6,600 by 5,280 feet (2,010 m × 1,610 m) open turf field. Began training United States Army Air Corps flying cadets in June 1940 under contract to Missouri Institute of Aeronautics. Assigned to United States Army Air Forces Gulf Coast Training Center (later Central FLying Training Command) as a primary (level 1) pilot training airfield. Flying training was performed with Fairchild PT-19s as the primary trainer. Also had several PT-17 Stearmans and a few P-40 Warhawks assigned. Also provided flexible gunnery training.

Fighter pilot Robert S. Johnson trained here on Stearmans.

Inactivated on October 16, 1944 with the drawdown of AAFTC's pilot training program. Declared surplus and turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers on 30 September 1945. Eventually discharged to the War Assets Administration (WAA) and returned to being a civil airport.

Since becoming a civil airport, it has become a very popular destination for Army helicopter crews from the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Sikeston Memorial Municipal Airport covers an area of 732 acres (296 ha) at an elevation of 315 feet (96 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 2/20 with an asphalt surface measuring 5,502 by 100 feet (1,677 x 30 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending November 30, 2009, the airport had 6,300 aircraft operations, an average of 17 per day: 79% general aviation, 14% military, and 6% air taxi. At that time there were 20 aircraft based at this airport: 75% single-engine, 10% multi-engine, and 15% ultralight.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for SIK (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A (PDF, 2.03 MB)" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.  External link in |work= (help)
  •  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
  • Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
  • Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC

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