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Coordinates: 35°39′32″N 117°49′46″W / 35.65889°N 117.82944°W / 35.65889; -117.82944

Inyokern Airport
IYK logo.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Indian Wells Valley
Airport District
Serves Ridgecrest, California
Elevation AMSL 2,455 ft / 748 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 6,275 1,913 Asphalt
10/28 4,150 1,265 Asphalt
15/33 7,100 2,164 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 39,632
Based aircraft 120
Sources: airport web site[1] and FAA[2]

Inyokern Airport (IATA: IYKICAO: KIYKFAA LID: IYK) is a public airport located in Inyokern, California, United States, serving the Indian Wells Valley area of Kern County. It is owned by the Indian Wells Valley Airport District.[2] The airport is mostly used for general aviation, but is served by one commercial airline.



The Inyokern Airport Dragstrip opened in 1954, and was the second oldest continuously operating dragstrip in the United States, behind Thornhill Dragstrip in Kenton, KY which opened in 1953.[3] The drag strip closed during the 2005 season due to new Federal Aviation Administration regulations.


Film history

In the wake of the drag strip's closing, the airport has been actively promoting its use for film shoots[4], with the Ridgecrest Regional Film Commission marketing it (Runway 28) as "the region's #1 filming location"[5]. A notable example of this new use is a television advertisement titled "Gravity", for the Lexus IS[6]. The airdrop "target" featured in the commercial, where the falling automobile hits the ground, was painted on the old drag strip; however, many of the vehicle shots preceding the car drop actually feature the Lexus rolling down runway 20. Other notable automotive television ads shot here include most spots from Saab's "Born from Jets" campaign, as well as commercials for Volkswagen.

Facilities and aircraft

Inyokern Airport covers an area of 1,640 acres (664 ha) which contains three asphalt paved runways: 2/20 measuring 6,275 x 75 ft. (1,913 x 23 m), 10/28 at 4,150 x 75 ft. (1,265 x 23 m), and 15/33 at 7,100 x 75 ft. (2,164 x 23 m).[2]

For the 12-month period ending April 30, 2007, the airport had 39,632 aircraft operations, an average of 108 per day: 86% general aviation, 6% air taxi, 5% scheduled commercial and 3% military. At that time there were 120 aircraft based at this airport: 79% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, 5% jet, 5% glider and 3% ultralight.[2]

Airline and destination

Airlines Destinations
United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines Los Angeles

Appearances in media

Inyokern Airport was featured in the third espisode of Top Gear (series 13) where James May meets rally driver Ken Block who takes May around a gymkhana course Block made up around the airport. He raced against motocross legend Ricky Carmichael.


  1. ^ Indian Wells Valley Airport District - Inyokern Airport
  2. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for IYK (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-12-20
  3. ^ Inyokern Dragstrip at North American Motorsports Pages
  4. ^ Filming at Inyokern Airport
  5. ^ RACVB - Local Film commissions Host Location Pros (10/25/01)
  6. ^ Video: Lexus IS "Gravity" commercial

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