Simmons Army Airfield (IATA: FBG, ICAO: KFBG, FAA LID: FBG) is a military use airport located in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. It is located on the southeast portion of Fort Bragg and supports the aviation needs of the XVIII Airborne Corps, the 82nd Airborne Division, Special Operations, U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. National Guard aviation units.
SIMMONS ARMY AIR FIELD HISTORY
As part of Exercise Test Drop in August 1952, the 406th Engineer Brigade constructed an airfield in the vicinity of Smith Lake on land acquired by Fort Bragg. The field originally known as Smith Lake Airfield.
In June 1952 the 6th Transportation Company (Helicopter) arrived with 21 H-19C and two H-13 helicopters; it deployed to Korea in December 1952 as the first combat helicopter company.
On May 1953 Fort Bragg engineers completed final plans for an expanded field and started construction the next summer. In August 1954, the runway was repaved, aprons improved and the floor was laid for field’s first hangar.
On June 21, 1955, the airfield was renamed in honor of Warrant Officer Herbert W. Simmons, Jr., a pilot killed on November 3, 1953, when two H-29B helicopters collided near the field.
SIMMONS ARMY AIR FIELD LOCATION
Simmons Army Airfield (IATA: FBG, ICAO: KFBG, FAA LID: FBG) is a military use airport located in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States.
SIMMONS ARMY AIR FIELD FACTS
Elevation: 244 ft.
Runway length available: 09/27 4650×100 ft.