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Allen Army Airfield (IATA: BIG, ICAO: PABI, FAA LID: BIG) is a public and military use airport serving Fort Greely and located three miles (5 km) south of the central business district of Delta Junction, a city in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is owned by the United States Army,[1] which has an agreement with the City of Delta Junction for joint use of the airfield by both military and civilian aircraft.[2]

Allen Army Airfield

(former Big Delta Army Airfield)
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerUnited States Army
ServesFort Greely, Alaska
LocationDelta Junction, Alaska
Elevation AMSL1,291 ft / 393 m
Coordinates63°59′43″N 145°43′12″W / 63.99528°N 145.72000°W / 63.99528; -145.72000Coordinates: 63°59′43″N 145°43′12″W / 63.99528°N 145.72000°W / 63.99528; -145.72000
BIG is located in Alaska
Location of airport in Alaska
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 9,000 2,743 Asphalt
10/28 6,115 1,864 Asphalt
7/25 4,077 1,243 Asphalt


Established in 1942 as Big Delta Army Airfield, it was named for river delta formed by the confluence of the Delta River and the Tanana River. It was later renamed Allen Army Airfield. Fort Greely was built south of the airfield after World War II.

Facilities and aircraftEdit

Allen Army Airfield resides at elevation of 1,291 feet (393 m) above mean sea level. It has three asphalt paved runways: 1/19 is 9,000 by 150 feet (2,743 x 46 m); 10/28 is 6,115 by 150 feet (1,864 x 46 m); 7/25 is 4,077 by 90 feet (1,243 x 27 m).[1]

Two runways are lighted and can accommodate heavy cargo aircraft year-round, including the C-17. Between December and April the runways can accommodate any aircraft, including the C-5A. A 37,600-square-foot (3,490 m2) hangar accommodates military aircraft as large as the CH-47. Approximately 920,000 square feet (85,000 m2) of airport ramp space is available.[2] For the 12-month period ending January 3, 1984, the airport had 29,200 aircraft operations, an average of 80 per day: 91% military and 9% general aviation.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for BIG (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Allen Army Airfield". Retrieved October 21, 2007.

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