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John H. Batten Airport

Airport information
Airport typePublic
OwnerRacine Commercial Airport Corp.
ServesRacine, Wisconsin
Elevation205 m (674 ft)
Aircraft operations47000
Based aircraft93

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John H. Batten Airport , also known as Batten International Airport, is a public use airport located two miles (3 km) northwest of the central business district of Racine, a city in Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. It is privately owned by the Racine Commercial Airport Corporation. The airport was founded in 1941 by Carlyle Godske on roughly 160 acre (0.6 km2) of land purchased from local businessman J.A. Horlick. For most of its history the airport was known as Racine-Horlick Field, but on September 5, 1989 the name was changed to John H. Batten Field. John H. Batten was one of the airport's early founders and supporters as well as the longtime CEO of Racine's Twin Disc, Inc.

During World War II the newly established airport was used as a flight and ground school for the Army. Students were housed at Racine College on the south side of Racine. Ground school instruction was given at Horlick High School and the actual flight training took place at the airport. Today, the airport is used primarily by local aviation enthusiasts and by the corporate jets of large local companies like S.C. Johnson & Son and Twin Disc, Inc.

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