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Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport

Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport
USGS aerial photo as of 10 April 1999
Airport information
Airport typePublic
OwnerOscoda-Wurtsmith Airport Authority
ServesOscoda, Michigan
Elevation193 m (634 ft)
Aircraft operations8857
Based aircraft12

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Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport is a public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northwest of the central business district of Oscoda, an unincorporated community in Iosco County, Michigan, United States. It is owned by the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport Authority.

It was built out of a portion of the decommissioned Wurtsmith Air Force Base which housed nuclear armed B-52 Stratofortress bombers during the Cold War as well as several air refueling squadrons.

Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport became a public airport in 1993. It is primarily a cargo and light general aviation airport with no scheduled passenger services.

The Wurtsmith Base Conversion Authority terminated in 1994, when the Charter Township of Oscoda took over as the Redevelopment Authority. The Authority was organized under Michigan Public Act 206 of 1957. It has five municipal constituents; Oscoda Township, AuSable Township, Greenbush Township, Iosco County and Alcona County. The purpose of the Authority is generally to operate and maintain a public airport. The Michigan Legislature created the Wurtsmith Renaissance Zone in 1997, which exempted businesses and residents of the 5,000 acre (20 km2) zone from all state and most local taxes.

It now occupies a portion of the former base and is primarily used for cargo and light general aviation activities. There is no scheduled passenger service. The Airport offers 24-hour near all weather daily access. Its UNICOM frequency is 123.0 MHz.

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