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Anthony Municipal Airport

Airport information
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Anthony
ServesAnthony, Kansas
Elevation408 m (1340 ft)
Aircraft operations6200
Based aircraft11

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Anthony Municipal Airport is a city-owned public-use airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district of Anthony, a city in Harper County, Kansas, United States.

This Airport was originally built in the 1930s by a local aviator by the name of J. Howard Wilcox. The Airport got the addition of the Beacon in 1938 and is still in use today. In December 1941 J. Howard Wilcox was asked to head the Kansas Wing of the Newly organized Civil Air Patrol. Wilcox flew to Washington D.C. and was briefed on the Organization and returned to Anthony. Upon returning he set up a town meeting and had attendees from several towns in the area. At this meeting he informed the locals of CAP and met with officials to use the Airport as the location of the Headquarters. This was approved and the Anthony Airport became the Kansas Wing Headquarters of the Civil Air Patrol on December 21, 1941. This airport was taken a further step by turning it into a CAP Training base for the State of Kansas. The Army took notice of this little airport and stationed several Boeing B-17s at the Airport. In the late 1950s the CAP Wing Headquarters moved from Anthony to a larger city, and Wilcox began to further his career in Law. CAP left Anthony and was only a story that Wilcox would tell the local children about. CAP returned to Anthony in 2008 as a Color Guard in the Anthony Balloon Fest Parade. Although CAP has not yet been re-established in Anthony, CAP has made several Appearances in the Harper County Fair Parade in Harper, KS and in the Anthony Christmas Parade. The Civil Air Patrol squadrons that have performed in the parades are Emerald City Composite Squadron out of Wichita, Kansas, and Cunningham Composite Squadron out of Cunningham, Kansas. These appearances were, and still are, arranged through a local Harper County youth, Cadet Second Lieutanent Trenton Seipel, that is an active member in the Civil Air Patrol.

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