Stillwater Regional Airport

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Stillwater Regional Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Stillwater
ServesStillwater, Oklahoma
Elevation AMSL1,000 ft / 305 m
Coordinates36°09′40″N 097°05′08″W / 36.16111°N 97.08556°W / 36.16111; -97.08556
SWO is located in Oklahoma
Location of Airport
SWO is located in the United States
SWO (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 7,401 2,256 Concrete
4/22 5,004 1,525 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2015)79,819
Based aircraft (2020)70
Passenger Volume (12 months ending October 2019)54,170

Stillwater Regional Airport (IATA: SWO, ICAO: KSWO, FAA LID: SWO) is in Payne County, Oklahoma, three miles (4.8 km) northwest of Stillwater.[1]


After World War II the airfield was one of six locations in the nation that stored surplus military aircraft; about 475 were flown to the airport starting in 1945. In 1946 Paul Mantz bought them all, keeping 12 for use as stunt planes and camera ships and selling the rest for scrap.[3]

One of the aircraft at Stillwater - purchased by Mantz - was B-17 41-24577 "Hells Angels," the first B-17 to complete 25 missions (even before the Memphis Belle).[4]

Central Airlines DC-3s landed at Stillwater from 1953 until Central merged with Frontier Airlines in 1968; Frontier flights from Kansas City to Dallas/Fort Worth stopped at Stillwater until late 1975. Several commuter airlines, including Metro Airlines, served the city in the early 1980s.[5]

Stillwater was home to an Essential Air Service airline, Exec Express, Inc., that flew Piper PA-31 Navajos.[citation needed]

After several years with no airline flights, American Airlines regional partner Envoy Air began flying Embraer-145s to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in August 2016.


The airport covers 1,571 acres (636 ha) at an elevation of 1,000 feet (305 m). It has two runways: 17/35 is 7,401 by 100 feet (2,256 x 30 m) concrete; 4/22 is 5,004 by 75 feet (1,525 x 23 m) asphalt.[1]

In the year ending April 30, 2015 the airport had 79,819 aircraft operations, an average of 219 per day: 94% general aviation, 4% military, 2% air taxi and less than 1% airline. In January 2020, 70 aircraft were based at this airport: 64 single-engine, 5 multi-engine and 1 helicopter.[1]

The airport is home to The Oklahoma State University Flight Center which trains students majoring or minoring in Aerospace Administration and Operations with a concentration in professional pilot. Their fleet consists of Cessna 152s, Cessna 172s, a Cessna 182RG, Piper PA-44s and a Beechcraft C-90B.

The airport is home to the Stillwater Airport Memorial Museum.[6]

Airline and destination[edit]

American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth


Top domestic destinations: (November 2018 - October 2019)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers Airline
1 Dallas/Fort Worth 27,640 American Eagle


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for SWO (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective January 2, 2020.
  2. ^ a b,%20OK:%20Stillwater%20Regional&carrier=FACTS
  3. ^ FAA Inspector Sees Stories in Old Planes Ponca City News, accessed 30 December 2010
  4. ^ [1], accessed 30 December 2010
  5. ^ airline timetables
  6. ^ [2], accessed 13 January 2014

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