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Bisbee Douglas International Airport

Bisbee Douglas International Airport (IATA: DUG, ICAO: KDUG, FAA LID: DUG) is a county-owned airport 9 miles (7.8 nmi; 14 km) northwest of Douglas[1] and 17 miles (15 nmi; 27 km) east of Bisbee, both in Cochise County, Arizona.[1] The FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013 categorizes it as a general aviation facility.[2]

Bisbee Douglas International Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCochise County
ServesDouglas & Bisbee, Arizona
Elevation AMSL4,154 ft / 1,266 m
Coordinates31°28′08″N 109°36′13″W / 31.46889°N 109.60361°W / 31.46889; -109.60361Coordinates: 31°28′08″N 109°36′13″W / 31.46889°N 109.60361°W / 31.46889; -109.60361
DUG is located in Arizona
DUG is located in the United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 7,311 2,228 Asphalt
8/26 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations19,650
Based aircraft19
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Oblique June 1943 photo of Douglas Army Airfield
B-25 Aircrew training at Douglas AAF, 1944
Douglas C-45 Expeditor trainer, 1944
B-25s on the Douglas AAF parking apron, 1944



World War IIEdit

Bisbee Douglas International Airport was originally constructed during World War II as a U.S. Army Air Forces installation known as Douglas Army Airfield. Douglas AAF conducted advanced training in the AT-9 Jeep, AT-17 BobcT, and C-45 Expeditor training aircraft and the B-25 Mitchell bomber.[3]

In addition to Douglas Army Airfield, five auxiliary airfields were constructed in the area for emergency and overflow use:


With the end of World War II, Douglas AAF was considered surplus to military needs and was transferred to local government authorities of the City of Douglas for conversion to a civilian airport. American Airlines served the airport before being replaced by Apache Airlines, a commuter air carrier, in 1965. Bisbee/Douglas was part of a transcontinental multi-stop route operated by American in 1959 with Douglas DC-6 propliners with daily flights in each direction between the east coast and the west coast. The westbound routing was New York Newark (EWR) - Philadelphia (PHL) - Washington D.C. (DCA) - Memphis (MEM) - Fort Worth (GSW) - El Paso (ELP) - Bisbee/Douglas (DUG) - Tucson (TUS) - Phoenix (PHX) - San Diego (SAN) - Los Angeles (LAX).[4] By 1963, American was still serving the airport with two daily flights operated with the DC-6. The westbound routing was Dallas (DAL) - Midland/Odessa (MAF) - El Paso - Bisbee/Douglas - Tucson - Phoenix - San Diego - Los Angeles.[5] Scheduled passenger flights ended in 1975.


The airport covers 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) at an elevation of 4,154 feet (1,266 m). It has two asphalt runways: 17/35 is 7,311 by 100 feet (2,228 x 30 m) and 8/26 is 5,000 by 75 feet (1,524 x 23 m).[1]

In the year ending March 31, 2009 the airport had 19,650 aircraft operations, average 53 per day: 71% general aviation and 29% military. 19 aircraft were then based at the airport: 95% single-engine and 5% multi-engine.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for DUG (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 29 July 2010.
  2. ^ National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013: Appendix A: Part 1 (PDF, 1.33 MB) Archived August 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Federal Aviation Administration. Updated 15 October 2008.
  3. ^
  4. ^, Oct. 25, 1959 American Airlines system timetable
  5. ^, June 1, 1963 American Airlines system timetable

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  • Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History's Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
  • Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC

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