Lunken Airport History
Cincinnati Municipal Airport, also known as Lunken Airport after Eshelby Lunken, was Cincinnati’s airline airport until 1947. It is in the Little Miami River valley near Columbia, the site of the first Cincinnati-area settlement in 1788. When the 1,000-acre (400 ha) airfield opened in 1925 it was the largest municipal airfield in the world. Many Cincinnati-area companies base their aircraft there.
On December 17, 1925 the Embry-Riddle Company was formed at Lunken Airport by T. Higbee Embry and John Paul Riddle. A few years later the company moved to Florida, and later became the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In 1928 the T. E. Halpin Development Co, later the Metal Aircraft Corporation produced 22 of the high-wing Flamingo at the airport. Also in 1928, Aeronca Aircraft Corporation was formed to build cheap light aircraft; the factory building, hangar 4, is still in use. Over 500 C-2 and C-3 aircraft were built here.
Lunken Airport was supplanted by the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport after catastrophic flooding from the Ohio River. The flooding prompted the airport’s nickname of “Sunken Lunken”. During the Ohio River flood of 1937, the airfield and two-story main terminal building at the southwest corner of the airport were totally submerged, except for the third-floor air traffic control “tower”. A plaque (which appears from ground level to be a single black brick) on the terminal building, facing the airfield, indicates the high-water mark. Today the old control tower is home to the Lunken Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, and is the oldest standing control tower in the United States. The property also contains public recreation areas, including an 18-hole golf course, playgrounds, and walking/biking paths on the levee surrounding the airfield.
Lunken Airport Facilities
Cincinnati Municipal Airport – Lunken Field covers 1,140 acres (460 ha) and has three runways:
- Runway 3L/21R: 3,802 x 100 ft (1,159 x 30 m) Asphalt
- Runway 3R/21L: 6,101 x 150 ft (1,860 x 46 m) Asphalt
- Runway 7/25: 5,128 x 100 ft (1,563 x 30 m) Asphalt
In 2009, Ultimate Air Shuttle began operations at Lunken with a flight to Chicago-Midway, and has since expanded to 4 destinations including Chicago, New York, Charlotte, and Cleveland.
Current and Future Lunken Airport Flights
Ulitmate Air Shuttle provides Lunken Airport flights to three destinations:
- Chicago IL, Midway International Airport(MDW)
- Charlotte NC, Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
- Morristown NJ, Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU)
In October of 2015, Ultimate Air Shuttle will provide Lunken Airport flights to Cleveland Ohio (BKL).