Palatka Municipal Airport

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Palatka Municipal Airport
Lt. Kay Larkin Field
IATA: noneICAO: noneFAA LID: 28J
Airport type Public
Owner City of Palatka
Serves Palatka, Florida
Elevation AMSL 48 ft / 15 m
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28J is located in Florida
Location of airport in Florida
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 6,000 1,829 Asphalt
17/35 3,510 1,070 Asphalt
12/30 3,000 914 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 32,619
Based aircraft 50

Palatka Municipal Airport (FAA LID: 28J), also known as Lt. Kay Larkin Field, is a city owned, public use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) northwest of the central business district of Palatka, a city in Putnam County, Florida, United States.[1] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.[2]


Palatka Municipal Airport was originally founded in 1938 with just 214 acres (0.87 km2). On June 1, 1942, the U.S. Navy, under a government lease, acquired the airport from the City of Palatka, and in 1943, acquired additional land in support of naval air training operations, primarily Navy and Marine Corps F4U Corsair fighter training, under the cognizance of the Naval Air Station Jacksonville complex to the north. On August 21, 1942, the airport was officially named Kay Larkin Field for 1st Lieutenant J. K. "Kay" Larkin, a U.S. Army Air Forces instructor pilot and Palatka native killed during the Second World War. In 1946, the War Assets Administration turned the airport back over to the City of Palatka.[3]

In the early 1960s, it appeared likely that commercial air service would be initiated in the Palatka area. To accommodate this service, a terminal building of approximately 1,400 square feet (130 m2) was constructed and dedicated in January 1963. In September 1963, South Central Airlines started servicing Palatka and the Central Florida area and continued for approximately two years, discontinuing service in 1965. That terminal building remains in operation today, primarily in support of general aviation operations. Shortly following discontinuance of commercial air service, the City leased operation to outside fixed-base operators (FBOs), but resumed complete operation in the early 1980s. In 2010, the city opened a new 4,000 sq ft (370 m2) terminal building.[4]

Facilities and aircraft

Palatka Municipal Airport covers an area of 703 acres (284 ha) at an elevation of 48 feet (15 m) above mean sea level. It has three asphalt paved runways: 9/27 is 6,000 by 100 feet (1,829 x 30 m); 17/35 is 3,510 by 75 feet (1,070 x 23 m); 12/30 is 3,000 by 75 feet (914 x 23 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending September 9, 2009, the airport had 32,619 aircraft operations, an average of 89 per day: 99% general aviation, 1% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time there were 50 aircraft based at this airport: 86% single-engine and 14% multi-engine.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 FAA Airport Master Record for 28J (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. External link in |work= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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