This is another former US Air Force Airfield which was built in 1942 and was converted to a public Airport when the military left in 1949. After the end of the World War II, the field was used as a huge scrap yard and storage facility by the military. It is still a scrap yard but the war-birds have been replaced by civilian aircraft. There is no scheduled passenger service to IGM, only general aviation traffic and the ferry flights. The majority of the parked aircraft are Delta and American Eagles CRJ and ERJ series. Some DHL aircraft are left and the famous King Fisher B727, N727VJ.
The city of Kingman is near Las Vegas and is a two hour drive away. If you are on a road trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, the Airport is on route.
Ramp access is possible but is of limited value as photography is not permitted as the Airport Operator is not keen.
Written by Philipp Wennrich and Tim Ames. Last visit April 2019.
2.081 m (6.827 ft)
2.050 m (6.725 ft)
|Spotting Information||Ladder||As the fence is not that high and you can easily hold your camera over it or shoot through the fence. Note, there is a sensor wire running through the fence, so take care!|
|Car||Impossible without one.|
|Restrooms||Inside the gas stations, restaurants and hotels in Kingman|
|Drinks/Food||Plenty in Kingman.|
|Hotels||Plenty in Kingman.|
|Season||Any time but summer will be difficult due to heat haze.|
|Spot #1 – Inner Ramp|
|WHERE||To reach the Airfield, take Interstate 40 on the historical Route 66 northbound. When you see the signs for Kingman Airport and Industrial Park, turn into this access road and drive all the way down until you see the Administration Office and the Tower. From here you can drive along the fence line and between the hangars. There are several grass fields between the hangars and buildings where you have sight of the ramp and can take photos.|
|WHAT||Especially the stored aircrafts on the main ramp and hangars. At the eastern end of Flightline Drive, the Asia Pacific Airlines B727 are stored.|
|TIME||From late afternoon till sunset. Just backlit in the morning.|
|MISC.||Don`t linger too long at the fence. Just make the picture and then move on.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||From 20-80mm|
|Spot #2 – Outter Ramp/Dismantling Area|
|WHERE||Continue from the former locations westwards on Flightline Dr until you have reach the last hangars to your left. Park your car at the end of North Windrose Lane and start your journey. There is a small fence, just waistdeep which you have to pass. (there are no “no passing/entrance” signs)! Logging and taking pictures takes about 30 minutes to get to the end of the useful part of the fence. The (non-stop) walk back took about 10 minutes.
Alternatively, you can still drive onto the blocked off road if you approach from the opposite end of this fence, coming off Gordon Drive, then left onto Mojave drive and over the waste land. Its a long way out by car and easier to walk in our opinion.
|WHAT||This is the dismantling area where aircraft are scraped. Some DHL A300’s, N90203 DC-4 and the Kingfisher B727 are here too. You can continue along the fence-line eastwards and take more photos.|
|TIME||Mainly from afternoon till sunset.|
|MISC.||Use suitable shoes.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||From 20-80mm|