Spencer Municipal Airport

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Spencer Municipal Airport
Northwest Iowa Regional Airport
Spencer Army Airfield
Spencer Municipal Airport - Iowa.jpg
2006 USGS Orthophoto
Airport type Public
Owner City of Spencer
Serves Spencer, Iowa
Location Riverton Township, Clay County
Elevation AMSL 1,339 ft / 408 m
Coordinates 43°09′56″N 095°12′10″W / 43.16556°N 95.20278°W / 43.16556; -95.20278
Website SpencerIowaCity.com/...
SPW is located in Iowa
SPW is located in the US
Location of airport in Iowa/United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 6,001 1,829 Concrete
18/36 5,100 1,554 Concrete
Aircraft operations (2007) 15,300
Based aircraft (2016) 40
Source: FAA,[1] airport website[2]

Spencer Municipal Airport[1] (IATA: SPWICAO: KSPWFAA LID: SPW), also known as Northwest Iowa Regional Airport,[2] is a public airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district of Spencer, a city in Clay County, Iowa, United States. It is owned by the City of Spencer.[1]

The airport is not served by any commercial airlines at this time but it was once the home of Great Lakes Airlines. The airline was named after the nearby Iowa Great Lakes. The airline has since relocated to Cheyenne, Wyoming.


Opened in March, 1942. Provided contract glider training to the United States Army Air Forces, 1942-1944. Training provided by Hunter Flying Service. An all-way turf airfield with a 4,000' x 4,000' landing/takeoff area. Used primarily C-47 Skytrains and Waco CG-4 unpowered Gliders. The mission of the school was to train glider pilot students in proficiency in operation of gliders in various types of towed and soaring flight, both day and night, and in servicing of gliders in the field.

Inactivated during 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 became a civil airport.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Spencer Municipal Airport covers an area of 812 acres (329 ha) which contains two concrete paved runways: 12/30 measuring 6,001 x 100 ft (1,829 x 30 m) and 18/36 measuring 5,100 x 75 ft (1,554 x 23 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending August 16, 2007, the airport had 15,300 aircraft operations, an average of 42 per day: 75% general aviation, 24% air taxi and 1% military. In November 2016, there were 40 aircraft based at this airport: 33 single-engine, 4 multi-engine, 1 jet and 2 ultralight.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for SPW (Form 5010 PDF), effective Nov 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Northwest Iowa Regional Airport page at City of Spencer website
Other sources
  •  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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