(formerly Strother Army Airfield)
|Owner||Cities of Winfield & Arkansas|
|Serves||Winfield / Arkansas City, Kansas|
|Location||Pleasant Valley Township / Beaver Township, Cowley County|
|Elevation AMSL||1,160 ft / 354 m|
Strother Field (IATA: WLD, ICAO: KWLD, FAA LID: WLD) is a public airport in Cowley County, Kansas. It is six miles southwest of Winfield and north of Arkansas City; it is owned by both cities. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a general aviation facility.
An airport, jointly owned by Arkansas City and Winfield, was under construction in April 1942 when the United States Army Air Forces indicated a need for the airfield as a training airfield by the Army Air Forces Flying Training Command, Gulf Coast Training Center. Strother Army Airfield was rushed to completion with the first class of cadets scheduled to arrive for basic training in the BT-13 on December 14, 1942.
The military use of Strother Field ended in October 1945 and it was turned over for civil use. Today, the site is Strother Field and Industrial Park. Remaining wartime structures include 2 hangars, 2 link training buildings, 1 tetrahedron wind cone, 2 ruins sites, 1 building of unknown original use and runways.
The airport is named for Donald Root Strother, the first Army Air Corp pilot from Cowley County, Kansas to lose his life in World War II. His older brother Dean C. Strother became a four-star general in the United States Air Force.
Strother field's industrial park includes a jet engine maintenance and manufacturing facility for GE Aviation.
In the year ending November 19, 2008 the airport had 6,500 general aviation aircraft operations, average 17 per day. 18 aircraft were then based at the airport: 83% single-engine, 11% ultralight, and 6% multi-engine.
- FAA Airport Master Record for WLD ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (WLD: Winfield / Arkansas City)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. External link in
- Strother Army Air Field http://www.jcs-group.com/military/allyair/flying2.html
- Strother Field Industrial Park, Winfield, Kansas
- Historical building inventory of Strother Field, 2008
- Aerial image as of March 1996 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for WLD, effective March 2, 2017
- Resources for this airport: