Fresno Yosemite International Airport (IATA: FAT, ICAO: KFAT, FAA LID: FAT), formerly Fresno Air Terminal, is a joint civil-military public airport in eastern Fresno, in Fresno County, California. Despite its name the airport is more than 60 miles (97 km) south of Yosemite National Park on California State Route 41, although it is the closest airfield with scheduled jets. The airport covers 2,150 acres (870 ha) and has two runways and one helipad. It is the air transport center for the San Joaquin Valley, with flights to airline hubs throughout the Western United States. International flights to Guadalajara, Mexico, are available through Aeromexico and Volaris. It is also home to Fresno Air National Guard Base and the 144th Fighter Wing (144 FW) of the California Air National Guard.
FRESNO YOSEMITE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HISTORY
The airfield opened in June 1942. During World War II the airfield was known as Hammer Field and was used by the United States Army Air Forces’ Fourth Air Force. Hammer Field was a training base and had three sub-bases and two gunnery ranges.
The airfield was renamed Fresno Air Terminal, and retained a military cantonment area for an Army Air Forces unit of the National Guard that became a unit of the Air National Guard when the U.S. Air Force was established as a separate service in 1947.
Today the California Air National Guard 144th Fighter Wing (144 FW) occupies two separate parcels of land at the airport—the main base area and the Munitions Storage Area. These areas of the airport are known as the Fresno Air National Guard Base. This military unit currently operates F-16C “Fighting Falcon” jet fighters and previously operated F-4D “Phantom” jet interceptor aircraft.
FRESNO YOSEMITE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LOCATION
Fresno Yosemite International Airport (IATA: FAT, ICAO: KFAT, FAA LID: FAT), formerly Fresno Air Terminal, is a joint civil-military public airport in eastern Fresno, in Fresno County, California.
FRESNO YOSEMITE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 336 ft.
Runway length available: 11R/29L 7205×100 ft. :: 11L/29R 9217×150 ft.