Twentynine Palms Airport
Twentynine Palms Airport
|Owner||County of San Bernardino|
|Serves||Twentynine Palms, California|
|Elevation AMSL||1,888 ft / 575 m|
Twentynine Palms Airport (IATA: TNP, ICAO: KTNP, FAA LID: TNP) is a public use airport located six nautical miles (11 km) east of the central business district of Twentynine Palms, a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. It is owned by the County of San Bernardino.
It was activated on 1 January 1942 by the United States Army Air Forces. It started as USAAF contract glider training, and was called Twenty-Nine Palms Air Academy until 16 February 1943. It had four axillary airfields in local area, including Condor Field. Flying training was performed with Fairchild PT-19s as the primary trainer. It also had several PT-17 Stearmans and a few P-40 Warhawks assigned. It conducted basic flying training from March 1943 until being transferred to United States Navy April 1944. General Henry H. Arnold, Chief of the Army Air Forces, ordered the training for 150 glider pilots for World War II. By the end of WW2 over 6,000 glider pilots had been trained. In all 1,654 of the glider pilots were trained at the Twentynine Palms Air Academy. It was under USN control and became an auxiliary airfield to NAS San Diego.
Facilities and aircraft
Twentynine Palms Airport covers an area of 480 acres (190 ha) at an elevation of 1,888 feet (575 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 8/26 is 5,531 by 75 feet (1,686 x 23 m) and 17/35 is 3,797 by 50 feet (1,157 x 15 m).
For the 12-month period ending February 16, 2006, the airport had 18,000 aircraft operations, an average of 49 per day: 97% general aviation and 3% military. At that time there were 16 aircraft based at this airport: 68% single-engine, 6% multi-engine and 25% glider.
- California World War II Army Airfields
- 36th Flying Training Wing (World War II)
- United States Army Air Forces Contract Flying School Airfields
- IX Troop Carrier Command
- PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 8 April 2010.
- 29palms.marines.mil, Twentynine Palms 29th, page A7
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- This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
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- Twentynine Palms Airport at County of San Bernardino website
- openNav: TNP / KTNP charts
- FAA Terminal Procedures for TNP, effective June 17, 2021
- Resources for this airport: