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Merrill Field

Merrill Field
Airport information
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Airport typePublic
OwnerMunicipality of Anchorage
LocationAnchorage, Alaska
Elevation42 m (137 ft)
Statistics2004
Aircraft operations191550
Based aircraft966

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Merrill Field is a public-use general aviation airport located one mile (1.6 km) east of downtown Anchorage in the U.S. state of Alaska. The airport is owned by Municipality of Anchorage.

This was the first official airport in Anchorage when it opened in 1930. The airport is named for Russel Merrill, an Alaskan aviation pioneer. The first aviation beacon in the Territory of Alaska was located at Merrill Field and was dedicated on September 25, 1932 in Merrill's honor.

Merrill Field is home to the University of Alaska Anchorage's Aviation Technology Division, as well as many local flight schools, air taxi services, and fixed base operators. An extension of the Q Taxiway connects the airport to Alaska Regional Hospital for MEDEVAC operations.

A section of the airport is built over the closed Merrill Field Land Fill. This section requires slightly more maintenance due to settling and emissions.


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