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Yeager Airport

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IATA: CRW – ICAO: KCRW – FAA: CRW
Summary
Operator Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority
Serves Charleston, West Virginia
Elevation AMSL 981 ft / 299 m
Coordinates 38°22′23″N 81°35′35″W / 38.37306, -81.59306
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 6,302 1,921 Asphalt
15/33 4,750 1,448 Asphalt

Yeager Airport (IATA: CRW, ICAO: KCRWFAA LID: CRW) is a public airport located three miles (5 km) east of the central business district (CBD) of Charleston, a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA. The airport covers 767 acres (3.1 km²) and has two runways. It is also home to the nine C-130s from the U.S. Air Force's 130th Airlift Wing. An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ... The ICAO (IPA pronunciation: ) airport code or location indicator is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... A Location Identifier takes the place of the name and the location of an airport, navigation aid, weather station, and manned air traffic control facility in air traffic control, telecommunications, computer programming, weather reports, and related services. ... The term above mean sea level (AMSL) refers to the elevation (on the ground) or altitude (in the air) of any object, relative to the average sea level. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... The term asphalt is often used as an abbreviation for asphalt concrete. ... An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ... The ICAO (IPA pronunciation: ) airport code or location indicator is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... FAA redirects here. ... A Location Identifier takes the place of the name and the location of an airport, navigation aid, weather station, and manned air traffic control facility in air traffic control, telecommunications, computer programming, weather reports, and related services. ... “km” redirects here. ... The Central Business District of Sydney, Australia. ... Nickname: Home of Hospitality, The most northern city of the South and the most southern city of the North, Chemicalville, The Capitol City C-Town Location of Charleston in West Virginia. ... Kanawha County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Largest metro area Charleston metro area Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... This article is about the unit of measurement. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules, a four-engine turboprop aircraft, is the main tactical air transport aircraft of the United States and UK military forces. ... Seal of the Air Force. ...


The airport sits on a hilltop over 300 feet (about 100 m) above the valleys of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers, and the hill drops off sharply on all sides. Due to the airfield's unique location, passengers flying into Yeager enjoy a scenic approach of either downtown Charleston, or the rolling hills to the north and east of the field.

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Technical Information

Yeager's main runway, Runway 5-23, currently sits on a heading of 235º and is 6,302 feet in length. An Engineered Materials Arresting System was recently built at the end of Runway 5 to prevent aircraft from being able to go over the hillside, in the unlikely event that one wouldn't be able to stop. Yeager's secondary runway, 15-33, currently sits at a heading of 335º and is 4,750 feet in length. 15-33 is mostly used by general aviation aircraft due to its length although the smaller regional jets and turboprops have used it before when winds are heavy out of the north.


History

During World War II, Charleston's airport at that time, Wertz Field, closed when the airport's approaches were blocked once the federal government built a synthetic rubber plant next to the airport; this left the city without an airport. However, there were plans before the war to build a new Charleston airport, as Wertz Field was already becoming commercially obsolete. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


The city started construction of its new airport in 1944; the facility opened in 1947 as Kanawha Airport. The airport received its current name in 1985, honoring then-Brigadier General Chuck Yeager, a native of nearby Lincoln County who piloted the world's first supersonic flight in the Bell X-1. A Brigadier General, or one-star general, is the lowest rank of general officer in the United States and some other countries, ranking just above Colonel and just below Major General. ... Charles Elwood Chuck Yeager (born February 13, 1923) is a retired Brigadier General in the United States Air Force and a noted test pilot. ... Lincoln County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... The Bell X-1, originally designated XS-1, was a joint NACA-U.S. Army Air Forces/US Air Force supersonic research project and the first aircraft to exceed the speed of sound in controlled, level flight. ...


The airport's construction was one of the most remarkable engineering accomplishments of the 1940s. The original topography of the area where Yeager Airport now stands consisted of three large and four small hilltops on a ridge overlooking the Elk River. In order to create enough flat land for an airport, it was necessary to shear off the tops of all seven hills, and use the soil to fill in the valleys in between. At that time, the construction of Kanawha Airport was reportedly the second-largest earth-moving project in history, behind the construction of the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal is a waterway in Central America which joins the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. ...


On February 27, 2008, Yeager's Governing Board voted to close the secondary runway, 15-33, to allow for the construction of two new hangars and additional ramp space for four additional C-130s to be based at the Air National Guard facility.[1] It will allow the airport to triple the general aviation area's hangar space and create room for off-runway businesses, and provide parking for up to ten additional commercial airliners. is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


The closure of the ramp is part of the airport's master plan, which is currently in the draft stages.[1] The plan calls for the construction of a new $17 million aircraft maintenance hangar, which is scheduled to begin construction in the first-half of 2008. The master plan also states that a new boarding concourse at the passenger terminal will be constructed, along with a second hangar to house C-130 fuel cell maintenance, which will begin in 2009.


It is projected that by 2028, 470,000 will be boarding via commercial aircraft.[1]


Airlines and destinations

Concourse A

Gates A1-A7

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Concourse B

Gates B1-B2

United Airlines is a major airline of the United States. ... United Express is a brand name under which seven regional airlines operate feeder flights for United Airlines. ... Colgan Air is an American regional airline. ... United Express is a brand name under which seven regional airlines operate feeder flights for United Airlines. ... This is an article about an airline in North America. ...

Concourse C

Gates C1-C5

Northwest Airlines, Inc. ... Northwest Airlink is the name of Northwest Airlines commuter airline subsidiaries, flying turboprops and regional jets from Northwests domestic hubs in Minneapolis, Detroit, and Memphis. ... Mesaba Airlines (IATA: XJ, ICAO: MES, and Callsign: Mesaba) [1] is an American regional airline based in Eagan, Minnesota. ... Northwest Airlink is the name of Northwest Airlines commuter airline subsidiaries, flying turboprops and regional jets from Northwests domestic hubs in Minneapolis, Detroit, and Memphis. ... Pinnacle Airlines (formerly Express Airlines I) is a American regional airline based in Memphis, Tennessee operating all of its flights under the name Northwest Airlink for Northwest Airlines. ... US Airways is a low-cost carrier[2][3] owned by US Airways Group, Inc. ... US Airways Express is a brand name used by several individually owned airlines or airline holding companies which provide regional airline and commuter service for US Airways. ... Colgan Air is an American regional airline. ... US Airways Express is a brand name used by several individually owned airlines or airline holding companies which provide regional airline and commuter service for US Airways. ... Piedmont Airlines is a regional airline operating for US Airways Express. ... US Airways Express is a brand name used by several individually owned airlines or airline holding companies which provide regional airline and commuter service for US Airways. ... PSA Airlines (IATA: n/a, ICAO: JIA, and Callsign: Blue Streak) is a regional airline based in Dayton, Ohio that flies under US Airways Express for US Airways. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c "Yeager runway to close to make room for hangars", Charleston Daily Mail, 28 February 2008. Retrieved on 2008-02-29. 

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