- North Platte Regional Airport
North Platte Regional Airport
Lee Bird Field
IATA: LBF – ICAO: KLBF – FAA LID: LBF Summary Airport type Public Owner North Platte Airport Authority Serves North Platte, Nebraska Elevation AMSL 2,777 ft / 846 m Coordinates Website Runways Direction Length Surface ft m 12/30 8,000 2,438 Concrete 17/35 4,436 1,352 Asphalt Statistics (2008) Aircraft operations 37,814 Based aircraft 48 Source: Federal Aviation Administration
North Platte Regional Airport (IATA: LBF, ICAO: KLBF, FAA LID: LBF), also known as Lee Bird Field, is a public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) east of the central business district of North Platte, a city in Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. It is owned by the North Platte Airport Authority. The airport is served by one commercial airline, with service subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
North Platte Regional Airport was originally called North Platte Field and was built in 1921 using private funds. The original location was on the east side of the North Platte River near the river bridge south of U.S. Highway 30. The first hangar and terminal buildings were constructed there. The airport was the site of the first night airmail flight which occurred on February 22, 1921. The field was lit using fuel burning barrels and the plane landed at 7:48 p.m. and then piloted onward toward Omaha at 10:44 p.m. after repairs were made to the de Havilland 4 aircraft.
In 1929, the City of North Platte purchased the airfield and leased it to the Boeing Transport Company, an original part of United Airlines. More construction was done in 1941 and the site became the site of a B-17 training command. The same year the airport was renamed Lee Bird Field after Lee Bird, the son of a North Platte family, who was killed in 1918 while training as a pilot for World War I. The Airport Authority began operating the airport in July 1963 and the airport was officially renamed the North Platte Regional Airport Lee Bird Field in June 1992.
Facilities and aircraft
North Platte Regional Airport covers an area of 1,544 acres (625 ha) at an elevation of 2,777 feet (846 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 12/30 is 8,000 by 150 feet (2,438 x 46 m) with a concrete surface; 17/35 is 4,436 by 100 feet (1,352 x 30 m) with an asphalt surface.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2008, the airport had 37,814 aircraft operations, an average of 103 per day: 66% general aviation, 17% scheduled commercial, 15% air taxi and 1% military. At that time there were 48 aircraft based at this airport: 88% single-engine, 6% multi-engine and 6% jet.
Airlines and destinations
Airlines Destinations Great Lakes Airlines Denver
- North Platte Regional Airport - Lee Bird Field, official site
- Aerial photo as of 11 April 1999 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective 20 October 2011
- FAA Terminal Procedures for LBF, effective 20 October 2011
- Resources for this airport:
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