Forbes Field (IATA: FOE, ICAO: KFOE, FAA LID: FOE) is a public use airport owned by the Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority and located in Shawnee County, Kansas, six nautical miles (7 mi, 11 km) south of the central business district of Topeka, the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas. This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility. It has no scheduled commercial airline service at this time. Allegiant Air offered scheduled flights to Las Vegas, but discontinued service here on July 30, 2007.
Forbes Field is used by the University of Kansas (KU) for charter flights for its athletic teams and by schools visiting the KU campus in Lawrence, which is 34 miles (55 km) east of Forbes Field via the Kansas Turnpike. By comparison, Kansas City International Airport is 51 miles (82 km) from KU.
FORBES FIELD HISTORY
Forbes Field is on the former site of the Topeka Army Airfield, later known as Forbes Air Force Base, a former Strategic Air Command (SAC) facility which closed in 1973. Most of the former base administrative area is now used for offices and an industrial park. The 190th Air Refueling Wing (190 ARW) of the Kansas Air National Guard also uses a portion of the airport as an Air Force cantonment area and Air National Guard installation in support of KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft operations.
FORBES FIELD LOCATION
FORBES FIELD FACTS
Elevation: 1078 ft.
Runway length available: 03/21 7000×150 ft. :: 13/31 12802×200 ft.