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Lincoln Airport
USGS aerial photo - 4 April 1999
Airport type Public / Military
Owner Lincoln Airport Authority
Location Lincoln, Nebraska
Elevation AMSL 1,219 ft / 372 m
Coordinates 40°51′04″N 096°45′33″W / 40.85111°N 96.75917°W / 40.85111; -96.75917
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 12,901 3,932 Asphalt/Concrete
14/32 8,649 2,636 Asphalt/Concrete
17/35 5,400 1,646 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations 78,697
Based aircraft 219
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
FAA airport diagram

Lincoln Airport (IATA: LNKICAO: KLNKFAA LID: LNK), formerly known as Lincoln Municipal Airport, is a joint public/military use airport located four nautical miles (7 km) northwest of the central business district of Lincoln, a city in Lancaster County, Nebraska, United States. It is owned by the Lincoln Airport Authority.[1]

It is the second-largest airport in the state of Nebraska, serving the Lincoln metropolitan area and much of southeastern Nebraska. The airport is located approximately four miles (6.4 km) northwest of downtown Lincoln, on land immediately north and west of Interstate 80.

The long landing strip is now designated as an emergency landing site for the Space Shuttle, though it has never been used in this way. The airport is also home to Duncan Aviation, a large family-owned aircraft maintenance and refurbishing company. Duncan Aviation has several hangars on the east side of the airport, as well as parts storage on the west side.


Facilities and aircraft

Lincoln Airport covers an area of 5,000 acres (2,023 ha) at an elevation of 1,219 feet (372 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways with asphalt/concrete surfaces: 18/36 is 12,901 by 200 feet (3,932 x 61 m); 14/32 is 8,649 by 150 feet (2,636 x 46 m); and 17/35 is 5,400 by 100 feet (1,646 x 30 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending March 31, 2008, the airport had 78,697 aircraft operations, an average of 215 per day: 54% general aviation, 29% military. 12% scheduled commercial and 4% air taxi. At that time there were 219 aircraft based at this airport: 58% single-engine, 21% multi-engine, 7% jet, 2% helicopter and 11% military.[1]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Delta Connection operated by Mesaba Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver


During World War II, the airfield was named Lincoln Army Air Field and used for mechanics and flight-crew training. It remained open until December 1945 when it was closed and transferred back to the City of Lincoln.

In 1952 the facility was re-opened as Lincoln Air Force Base. After operating as a Strategic Air Command (SAC) base supporting B-47 Stratojet bombers, KC-97 Stratotanker refueling aircraft and SM-65 Atlas intercontinental ballistic missiles, the U.S. Air Force closed the installation in 1966.

Today, a portion of Lincoln Airport is now home to the Nebraska Air National Guard's 155th Air Refueling Wing (155 ARW), an Air Mobility Command (AMC)-gained Air National Guard unit flying the KC-135R Stratotanker. Several Nebraska Army National Guard units are also collocated at the installation, located just east of Runway 36, alongside Taxiway Delta. The Air National Guard's tarmac is closed to general aviation and is guarded by Air Force Security Forces 24 hours a day.

The airport's main runway is also an alternative landing site for NASA's Space Shuttle orbiter.


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for LNK (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-05-07.

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