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About Drake Field Airport
Fayetteville Executive Airport, Drake Field, is owned and operated by the City of Fayetteville and is located just 3 miles south of the town center. In 1929 Drake Field was established with the help of Dr. Noah Drake, Professor of Geology at the University of Arkansas, who donated $3,500.00 to purchase land that was used to construct an airport for the City. In 1936 the residents of Fayetteville approved a $20,000 bond to buy a half mile square plot of land one mile south of the original location, to construct the Fayetteville Municipal Airport on its present site. On April 14th, 1947, the airfield was officially named Drake Field in honor of Dr. Drake.
For half a century Drake Field ably served the citizens of Northwest Arkansas with commercial airline service. In 1999, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, a larger, modern, commercial airline facility, was opened to accommodate the needs of the rapidly-growing Northwest corner of the state. Today, Drake Field serves the General Aviation community of Fayetteville, Northwest Arkansas and the world, as a first class business and recreational airport. Drake Field has gracefully matured into a beautiful and superior airfield that honors the aviation traditions of its past and has its compass aimed unswervingly toward a bright future.
With many new facilities and services, our community airport continues to grow and thrive. Fayetteville Executive Airport, Drake Field, has indeed achieved her new role as the premiere General Aviation airport in Northwest Arkansas.