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    Geiger Field (Spokane International Airport) Washington State United States

Location
Lat 47° 37' 12N Long 117° 32' 2W  Geiger Field is located at an elevation of 2,376' to the southwest of Spokane in Spokane County in Washington State in the United States. Also known as Sunset Field, Geiger Army Airfield (Geiger AAF) and today Spokane International Airport.

Construction
Built prewar and known as Sunset Field. During 1941, purchased by the U. S. Government and renamed Geiger Field in honor of Major Harold Geiger, a U. S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) aviation pioneer who died in a crash in 1927. Connected to the Great Northern Railway. During 1942 as the Spokane Air Depot, Fairchild Air Force Base (Fairchild AFB) was built four miles to the west.

Wartime History
During World War II, used as a training base for B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers. Also used by Technical Service Command and as aircraft maintenance and supply depot with auxiliaries at Deer Park Airport and Felts Field.

Postwar
During late 1945, transfered to the War Assets Administration (WAA) and ownership signed over to Spokane County as part of the Surplus Property Act for development into a commercial airport. In 1946, became Spokane's municipal airport replacing Felts Field. In 1960, renamed Spokane Airport.

Today
Known as Spokane International Airport or Spokane Airport with two runways. The first oriented 21/03 measure s 9,000' x 150' surfaced with asphalt. The second is oriented 25/07 measures 8,198' x 150' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes: ICAO: KGEG and IATA: GEG. It retains airport code GEG, for Geiger Field.

References
Spokane International Airport - Official Website

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Last Updated
September 24, 2018

 

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