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Chennault International Airport

Chennault International Airport
USGS aerial photo as of 23 January 1994
Airport information
Airport typePublic
OwnerChennault International Airport Authority
ServesLake Charles, Louisiana
Elevation5 m (17 ft)
Aircraft operations52976
Based aircraft42

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Chennault International Airport is a public use airport located four nautical miles (7 km) east of the central business district of Lake Charles, a city in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is owned by the Chennault International Airport Authority.

It was previously Chennault Air Force Base and before that, Lake Charles Air Force Base, and as such, was home to the now deactivated 44th Bomb Wing in the 1950s and 1960s.

While a fully operational airport, it is an industrial center and provides no commercial air services. It is named for Major General Claire Chennault, USAAF, the aviator famous for commanding the Flying Tigers fighter group during World War II[

Its mission statement reads as follows:

"The Authority created pursuant hereto shall be established for the primary object and purpose of stimulating and encouraging the development of an industrial park for economic development through commerce, industry and research and for the utilization and development of natural and human resources of the area and provide job opportunities."[

Northrop Grumman Corporation is Chennault's major aircraft manufacturing and modification tenant. Aeroframe Services, LLC (formerly EADS Aeroframe Services, Inc.) specializes in maintenance and overhaul services for Airbus. The Chennault Jet Center, the focus of Chennault's Fixed Base Operations for business and general aviation, as well as charter operations, is also located nearby. Airborne Express air freight operations serve Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas with daily DC-9 jet service from its on-airport truck hub, providing tenants with immediate access to express air shipping.

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