CHENNAULT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Chennault International Airport is a world-class hub for the maintenance, repair, overhaul and refueling of commercial and military aircraft—and as an economic powerhouse with a $5.5 billion economic impact. Chennault’s huge 10,700-foot runway handles more than 3,000 takeoffs, landings and other uses of airspace each month.
Before that, the facility was a centerpiece of our nation’s defense. The U.S. federal government variously bought and leased Calcasieu Parish property for military use in 1941, for World War II, and again in the 1950s, for what would become a Strategic Air Command installation. The site was named Lake Charles Air Force Base and later renamed Chennault Air Force Base—in honor of Lt. General Claire Chennault, leader of the famed “Flying Tigers” squadron of World War II.
FAA Identifier: CWF
Lat/Long: 30-12-38.1000N / 093-08-35.5000W 30-12.635000N / 093-08.591667W 30.2105833 / -93.1431944 (estimated)
Elevation: 17 ft. / 5.2 m (surveyed)
Variation: 04E (1990)
From city: 4 miles E of LAKE CHARLES, LA
Time zone: UTC -5 (UTC -6 during Standard Time)
Airport use: Open to the public
Activation date: 01/1964
Sectional chart: HOUSTON
Control tower: yes
ARTCC: HOUSTON CENTER
FSS: DE RIDDER FLIGHT SERVICE STATION
NOTAMs facility: CWF (NOTAM-D service available)
Pattern altitude: 1500 ft. MSL
Wind indicator: lighted
Segmented circle: yes
Lights: WHEN ATCT CLSD ACTVT HIRL RY 15/33; MALSR RY 15 & REIL RY 33 – CTAF.
Beacon: white-green (lighted land airport) Operates sunset to sunrise.
Fire and rescue: ARFF index A