Gila River Memorial Airport

Gila River Memorial Airport
IATA: noneICAO: noneFAA LID: 34AZ
Airport type Private
Owner Gila River Airport Authority
Location Chandler, Arizona
Elevation AMSL 1,185 ft / 361.2 m
Coordinates 33°14′36.18″N 111°54′57.11″W / 33.2433833°N 111.9158639°W / 33.2433833; -111.9158639

Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 8,560 x 75 2,609 x 23 asphalt, good condition
3/21 5,200 x 200 1,585 x 61 asphalt, poor condition

Gila River Memorial Airport (FAA LID: 34AZ) is a private-use airport owned and operated by the Gila River Indian Community, located 4 miles southwest of the central business district of Chandler, in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is used for cropdusting and air charter operations, with no scheduled commercial services.


Gila River Memorial Airport was built in 1942 as Williams Auxiliary Army Airfield #5, one of several satellite airfields for Williams Army Airfield. After the war, it was renamed Goodyear Air Force Auxiliary Airfield, with its original triangular configuration modified to accommodate early jet aircraft of the 1950s. During the 1960s, it passed on to civilian control as Goodyear Airport, then as Memorial Airfield. No hangar space existed at the airport until the late 1970s, when the airport began playing host to older piston-engined transport aircraft, many of which had been converted for use as air tankers, many operated by Biegert Aviation. By the 1990s, it had become something of an aircraft boneyard.

By 2007, the Gila River Indian Community had assumed control of the airfield, renaming it Gila River Memorial Airport, and all commercial tenants were evicted from the property in the hopes of turning the airfield into a casino [3].

External links

  • [4] 34AZ at Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields
  • Arizona Republic, 30 November 2007.
  • Resources for this airport:
    • FAA airport information for 34AZ
    • AirNav airport information for 34AZ
    • FlightAware live flight tracker
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for 34AZ
  • Pictures of the airport, circa 2011, on Flickr
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