- For other airports with this name, see Falcon Field.
Falcon Field is a public airport located five miles (8 km) northeast of the central business district of Mesa, a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. According to the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2007-2011, it is categorized as a reliever airport.
Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Falcon Field is assigned FFZ by the FAA and MSC by the IATA.
Scheduled service to Bullhead City on Western Express Air was discontinued in January 2007.
Falcon Field was founded in 1941 as a flight training facility for cadets in the British Royal Air Force
. It was operated by an American contractor, using Stearman PT-17 biplanes
and North American Aviation AT-6
trainers. The good weather, wide-open desert terrain, and lack of enemy airpower provided significantly safer and more efficient training than was possible in England
. Even so, more than two dozen cadets were killed in training and are now buried in the Mesa
city cemetery. Several thousand pilots were trained until the RAF installation was closed at the end of World War II
. Since then it has been a civilian airfield, and is now owned and operated by the City of Mesa. The Commemorative Air Force
bases its Arizona Wing
there, and has a museum on the grounds.
Falcon Field covers and has two runways
and two helipads
- Runway 4R/22L: 5,101 x 100 ft (1,555 x 30 m), Surface: Asphalt
- Runway 4L/22R: 3,799 x 75 ft (1,159 x 23 m), Surface: Asphalt
- Helipad H1: 60 x 60 ft (18 x 18 m), Surface: Asphalt
- Helipad H2: 60 x 60 ft (18 x 18 m), Surface: Asphalt