Kingman Airport, Kingman Arizona

Kingman Airport, Kingman Arizona By Brian Schober The US Army Air Forces played a major role in developing many of Arizona’s current and long-gone airports. Kingman’s airport is no exception. The US Army Air Forces had a need to train gunnery crews assigned to the newly-developed B-17 Flying Fortresses and an unpopulated 4,000+ acres in Northwestern Arizona fit...


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Arizona Airport Focus — Cottonwood (P52)

Cottonwood (P52) By Brian Schober. This is the first in a series of articles highlighting unique and fun Arizona general aviation airports. This month, we are highlighting the Cottonwood airport, P52. The scenic and historic town of Cottonwood lies approximately 100 miles North of Phoenix or about 50 miles Southwest of Flagstaff. The airport was originally established in the...


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Hangar Haciendas Airpark (AZ90) Laveen, AZ

Hangar Haciendas Airpark (AZ90) Laveen, AZ by Kit McCloud. This airpark has to catch your eye if you’ve flown over it or driven by it. Nestled between South Mountain of Phoenix and a small ridge to the north, Hangar Haciendas Airpark is slightly out in the country you might say, but at the same time close to the metropolitan Phoenix...


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Castle Well Airpark

Castle Well Airpark (0AZ5) Morristown, AZ. Steve and Jackie Andros, originally from Cave Creek, searched out an area years ago near Morristown to build a runway and settle down. They purchased this 55 acre parcel now divided into smaller parcels for home sites. The micro area where the airpark sits is unique in that it contains beautiful views...


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Moreton Airpark

Moreton Airpark (23AZ) Wickenburg, AZ. Moreton is one of the oldest in the family of private Arizona airparks. Originating on the Moreton Ranch, at an elevation of elevation 2455’, the airfield was first surveyed and graded back in the fifties. In 1958 it was recognized by the federal government and designated by the FAA as 23AZ.


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Thunder Ridge Airpark

Thunder Ridge Airpark (AZ28) Morristown, AZ. Marristown, as described by Wikipedia, is a census-designated place in Maricopa County. The Thunder Ridge Airpark is located at the intersections of highway 60 and 74 on the way to Wickenburg. The airpark originated by four persons coming from another satellite airport in the Phoenix area back in 1993.


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Indian Hills Airpark

Indian Hills Airpark (2AZ1) Salome, AZ. Many of the Arizona airparks have uniqueness about them and Indian Hills is no exception. Located 100 miles west of Phoenix Sky Harbor on Highway 60 midway between I-10/60 junction and Aguila (Eagle Roost airpark), this airpark is home to 70 residents on 93 home sites. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jerry...


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Skyranch at Carefree

Skyranch (18AZ) Carefree, AZ. “Caution: Aviation may be hazardous to your wealth…” As promised, I wanted to showcase some of Arizona’s many airparks. Where better to start than the very first Arizona airport to offer residents fly-in access? Carefree’s Skyranch. At an elevation of 2568 feet, the 27 acre airpark is in a magnificent location northeast of Phoenix, near Black...


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AIRPARK NAME / CONTACT 

CITY  HOMES / SITES  REALTOR 
Big Springs Airpark  Prescott  12    

   Mgr: Peter Hartman (928) 626-7207
 

        
Castle Wells   Morristown  5/10  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Mgr: Gerald DaFoe  (810) 516-9122
 
      928-671-1597 
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Eagle Roost Airpark   Aguila  85 / 115 (5 acre lots)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
   Mgr: John Greissing  (928) 685-3433 
 
      928-671-1597
www.wickenburgpat.com

Flying Diamond Airpark   Tucson  20/97    
   Mgr: Lou Cook  (520) 399-3879 

        
Flying J Ranch   Pima  2/28   
   Mgr: Howard Jenkins  (928) 485-9201
 
        
Hangar Haciendas   Laveen  39 lots w/sep taxiways  Kevin Baker, Realtor®  Realty ONE Group

   Mgr:  Scott Johnson (602) 320-2382 

 

      480-432-9800
www.azaviationproperties.com

High Mesa Air Park   Safford  /19 (2.5 acre lots)    
   Mgr: Phil DiBartola 928-428-6811 

        
Inde Motorsports Ranch Airport  Wilcox  4/9 (1 acre lots) on    
   Mgr: John Mabry (520) 384-0796 

   100 acres w/racetrack
 
 
Indian Hills Airpark   Salome  75 Pat Mindrup - WEST USA Realty 
   Mgr: Gerry Breeyear (928) 916-0608 

      928-671-1597 
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LaCholla Airpark  Oro Valley  122   
   Mgr: Larry Newman (520) 297-8096 

        
Mogollon Airpark Overgaard  60   
  Admin: Cheri Thomas (928) 535-3071 

        
Montezuma Heights Airpark   Camp Verde  43/44    
   Mgr: Glen Tenniswood (928) 274-1233
 
        
Moreton Airpark   Wickenburg  2 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
   Mgr: Daniel Kropp (602) 315-0323 


      928-671-1597 
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Pegasus Airpark   Empire  15/40  Erik McCormick - Choice One Properties 480-888-6380 

   Mgr: Jack @ 1st Svc
   Res (480) 987-9348 

      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pilot's Rest Airpark  Paulden  4/25   
   Resident: Dave Mansker 818-237-0008 

        
Ruby Star Airpark   Green Valley  13 / 74    
   Mgr: Wendy Magras (520) 477-1534 

        
Skyranch at Carefree   Carefree  20 Erik McCormick - Choice One Properties 480-888-6380 
   Mgr: Tommy Thomason (480) 488-3571 

      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Stellar Air Park   Chandler  95/105  Erik McCormick - Choice One Properties 480-888-6380 
   Mgr: SRUA, Inc. (480) 295-2683 

      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sun Valley Airpark   Fort Mohave  55/107    
   Mgr: Jim Lambert (928) 768-5096 

        
Thunder Ridge Airpark  Morristown  9/14 (on 160 acres)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
   Mgr:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      928-671-1597 
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Triangle Airpark  White Hills  115 acres    
   Mgr: Walt Stout (702) 202-9851  

        
Twin Hawks   Marana  2/40 (4 acre lots)    
   Mgr: Tim Blowers (520) 349-7677 

   on 155 acres 

  
Valley of the Eagle   Aguila  30 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
   Mgr: Jerry Witsken (928) 685-4859 

 

      928-671-1597 
www.wickenburgpat.com

 

Western Sky  Salome  all 200 acres for sale  Pat Mindrup - WEST USA Realty   
   Mgr: Mr. Hauer (877) 285-0662 

      928-671-1597 
www.wickenburgpat.com
Whetstone Airpark   Whetstone  5/12   
   Mgr: Brian Ulmer (520) 456-0483 

        

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Kingman Airport, Kingman Arizona

Kingman Airport, Kingman Arizona 

By Brian Schober 

 

 

The US Army Air Forces played a major role in developing many of Arizona’s current and long-gone airports. Kingman’s airport is no exception. The US Army Air Forces had a need to train gunnery crews assigned to the newly-developed B-17 Flying Fortresses and an unpopulated 4,000+ acres in Northwestern Arizona fit the bill perfectly. The government moved and began construction in early 1942. The gunnery ranges opened later in 1942 with multiple airstrips and emergency landing fields built to support them. The airfield was renamed Kingman Army Air Field on May 7, 1943. In all, over 36,000 gunners were trained at Kingman Army Air Field through 1945.

Following the end of World War II, Kingman shifted from gunnery training to aircraft reclamation and storage. Known as Storage Depot 41, aircraft were flown to Kingman for dismantling and recycling. Rather than storing the planes, as the name would suggest, over 5500 aircraft were dismantled and melted down for scrap over the next three years. Sadly, most of these aircraft were B-17s. Once the recycling effort was completed, the land was turned over to the county.

Though the war and the related warplane “storage” efforts are long over and nearly forgotten, the airport continues to thrive. Coincidentally, storage is precisely what drives commerce at the airport today. Airliners, commuters, and corporate aircraft are mothballed and stored at Kingman. Dozens of aircraft sit waiting to become donors to other flying aircraft or to be resurrected in new livery at another airline. The on-site repair station manages the storage and maintenance of these aircraft. In addition to aircraft services, an 1,100-acre industrial park helps support the airport and hosts over 70 businesses. This industrial park is second largest in Arizona, led only by Maricopa County. Close access to Interstate freeways and rail lines, the location is perfect for fast distribution of goods.

Kingman Airport (KIGM) is located approximately 8 miles northeast of the city center. Though untowered, with a pair of long runways capable of 737-class aircraft, there is plenty of room for nearly any aircraft. Runway 3/21 is 6,827’ x 150’ and Runway 17/35 is 6,725’ x 75’, with Runway 21 being the preferred calm-wind runway. Field elevation is a modest 3449’msl. Air’Zona Aircraft Services operates the FBO on the field. There are minimal $5/single and $10/twin tie-down fees if needing to stay the night. At the time of this writing, Avgas is priced at $5.51 for self-serve and $5.76 for full-serve. Jet A is priced at $3.83 and $4.08, respectively.

The Kingman Airport Café offers traditional breakfast and lunch fare in an aviation-themed restaurant. Open from 7am – 2pm, breakfast is served until closing time at 2pm, so a delayed start to the morning flight will not result in missed pancakes. Indoor booths and tables are available, as well as patio dining during the summer. The Café even has t-shirts, caps, and mugs available for purchase.

Once in Kingman and breakfast is finished, take time to enjoy the remarkable history this airport has to offer. The original control tower remains an icon, as the multiple flights of stairs leading to the windowed room are visible. The Kingman Army Airfield Historical Society has created a museum to document, highlight and preserve the importance this field played in our nation’s history. The museum is housed in an original hangar built in 1942.

The airport is located just off of historic Route 66. Uber or Lyft provide transportation, as do several taxi companies. This airport is not Kingman’s only brush with aviation history. Prior to the military field opening, Charles Lindbergh created an airstrip out of what had been a cow pasture as part of the first trans-continental airmail route. The strip was updated by Transcontinental Air Transport, the predecessor to TWA, and became Wallapai (Hualapai) Field. This airfield has since been built over; however, Kingman is rich in history and the multiple parks and memorials in town stand as a testament to this desert outpost.

Kingman is approximately 130nm Northwest of Phoenix, 240nm Northwest of Tucson, and 100nm West of Flagstaff. Nestled in a valley, the backdrop of the Hualapai range just to the South, the Cerrat Mountains to the West, and the Cottonwood Cliffs to the East all make for a scenic approach. These features also lead to downdrafts and wind conditions unique to flying in mountains, so focusing on weather conditions is highly recommended. The Bagdad 1 and Gladden 1 MOAs lie just to the South of Kingman, so use caution when navigating near or through them. We hope to see you there soon!

Arizona Airport Focus — Cottonwood (P52)

Cottonwood (P52) By Brian Schober.  This is the first in a series of articles highlighting unique and fun Arizona general aviation airports. This month, we are highlighting the Cottonwood airport, P52. The scenic and historic town of Cottonwood lies approximately 100 miles North of Phoenix or about 50 miles Southwest of Flagstaff. The airport was originally established in the early 1940’s as a training base for World War II naval cadets. The airport has been owned and operated by the Town/City of Cottonwood since 1968.

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Hangar Haciendas Airpark (AZ90) Laveen, AZ

Hangar Haciendas Airpark (AZ90) Laveen, AZ by Kit McCloud. This airpark has to catch your eye if you’ve flown over it or driven by it. Nestled between South Mountain of Phoenix and a small ridge to the north, Hangar Haciendas Airpark is slightly out in the country you might say, but at the same time close to the metropolitan Phoenix area. As you can see in the photo on their website, there were only a couple of houses on the airpark in 1984. This park has developed rapidly compared to most airparks in Arizona. The residents have over 25 planes based here including a helicopter.

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Castle Well Airpark

Castle Well Airpark (0AZ5) Morristown, AZ. Steve and Jackie Andros, originally from Cave Creek, searched out an area years ago near Morristown to build a runway and settle down.  They purchased this 55 acre parcel now divided into smaller parcels for home sites.  The micro area where the airpark sits is unique in that it contains beautiful views with an abundance of saguaros, several hiking and riding trails nearby, is surrounded by public lands, and is nearby highways 60 and 74 for quick access to Phoenix by car.

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Moreton Airpark

Moreton Airpark (23AZ) Wickenburg, AZ. Moreton is one of the oldest in the family of private Arizona airparks. Originating on the Moreton Ranch, at an elevation of elevation 2455’, the airfield was first surveyed and graded back in the fifties. In 1958 it was recognized by the federal government and designated by the FAA as 23AZ.

Read more...

Thunder Ridge Airpark

Thunder Ridge Airpark (AZ28) Morristown, AZ. Marristown, as described by Wikipedia, is a census-designated place in Maricopa County.  The Thunder Ridge Airpark is located at the intersections of highway 60 and 74 on the way to Wickenburg.  The airpark originated by four persons coming from another satellite airport in the Phoenix area back in 1993.

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Indian Hills Airpark

Indian Hills Airpark (2AZ1) Salome, AZ. Many of the Arizona airparks have uniqueness about them and Indian Hills is no exception. Located 100 miles west of Phoenix Sky Harbor on Highway 60 midway between I-10/60 junction and Aguila (Eagle Roost airpark), this airpark is home to 70 residents on 93 home sites. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jerry Breeyear about the airpark; he is the Airport Facilities Manager. Jerry is amongst several volunteers at Indian Hills who have a love for aviation and want to keep overhead to a minimum. 

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Skyranch at Carefree

Skyranch (18AZ) Carefree, AZ. “Caution: Aviation may be hazardous to your wealth…” As promised, I wanted to showcase some of Arizona’s many airparks. Where better to start than the very first Arizona airport to offer residents fly-in access? Carefree’s Skyranch. At an elevation of 2568 feet, the 27 acre airpark is in a magnificent location northeast of Phoenix, near Black Mountain, where the nearby granite rock formations of the Boulders Resort only enhance the already spectacular Sonoran desert. Built in 1961 as part of a master-planned community by visionary developers K.T. Palmer and Tom Darlington, the airpark predates the 1984 incorporation of the Town of Carefree by nearly 25 years.

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Montezuma Heights Airpark

Montezuma (19AZ) Camp Verde, AZ. This airpark is situated 20 miles due south of Sedona and 15 miles southeast of Cottonwood, adjacent to Hwy 17. However, one cannot see this airpark from the highway because it’s on a plateau which provides magnificent views of the surrounding mountains for the airpark residents. Runway elevation and length are both 3300’. The airpark is totally private and every parcel has at least a hangar, which was mandated by the HOA. 

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La Cholla Airpark

La Cholla Airpark (57AZ) Oro Valley, AZ.  What better place to star gaze than twenty miles northwest of Tucson in Oro Valley, at the base of the dramatic Tortolita Mountains? Here lies the 1,000 acre La Cholla Airpark with an unobscured sky for star gazing. This magnificent location is home to 91 established residences. Though already a private airpark, the ultimate privacy for each is further secured by a minimum of its seven acre lots.

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