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Portsmouth International Airport at Pease
Pease Air National Guard Base
Pease ANG Base aerial View.jpg
Airport type Public / Military
Owner Pease Development Authority
Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Elevation AMSL 100 ft / 30 m
Coordinates 43°04′41″N 070°49′24″W / 43.07806°N 70.82333°W / 43.07806; -70.82333
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 11,321 3,451 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 51,673
Based aircraft 107
Sources: airport website[1] and FAA[2]

Portsmouth International Airport at Pease[1][2] (IATA: PSMICAO: KPSMFAA LID: PSM) (formerly known as Pease International Airport) is a public-use joint civil-military airport located one nautical mile (2 km) west of the central business district of Portsmouth, a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. It is owned by the Pease Development Authority.[2]

The airport is located within the Pease International Tradeport[3], a result of the ongoing redevelopment of the former Pease Air Force Base which was closed under Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission action in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

It shares the runway with the Pease Air National Guard Base, which is actively utilized by the 157th Air Refueling Wing (157 ARW) of the New Hampshire Air National Guard, an Air Mobility Command (AMC)-gained Air National Guard unit operating the KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft.[4]

Pease is one of 7 Launch Abort Sites and one of 18 Emergency Landing Sites for NASA space shuttle orbiters.[5]

The airport does not currently offer scheduled commercial airline service. It served as a hub for Pan Am from 1998 until 2005, when all mainline Pan Am flights at the airport were suspended. It was also one of a handful of airports serviced by the short-lived Skybus Airlines which ceased operation in the spring of 2008.

Facilities and aircraft

Portsmouth International Airport at Pease covers an area of 3,000 acres (1,214 ha) at an elevation of 100 feet (30 m) above mean sea level. It has one concrete and asphalt paved runway designated 16/34 which measures 11,321 by 150 feet (3,451 x 46 m).[2]

For the 12-month period ending October 1, 2007, the airport had 51,673 aircraft operations, an average of 141 per day: 68% general aviation, 22% military, 7% air taxi and 3% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 107 aircraft based at this airport: 52% single-engine, 19% multi-engine, 12% jet, 2% helicopter and 15% military.[2]


  1. ^ a b Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, official site
  2. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for PSM (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-06-05
  3. ^ Pease International Tradeport, official site
  4. ^ 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease Air National Guard Base, official site
  5. ^ DOD Support to manned space operations for STS-117

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