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Airport History

The William R. Fairchild Airport was developed from 1934 through 1948 by the Works Progress Administration, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Navy. It was named Clallam County Municipal Landing Field when ownership was given to Clallam County in 1948. Three years later the county transferred the airport to the Port of Port Angeles. In 1953, William R. Fairchild started the Angeles Flying Service and became the first airport supervisor. The airport was renamed in his honor in 1969, following his death in a tragic aircraft accident.

  • Since acquiring ownership of the William R. Fairchild International Airport (CLM) in 1951, Port of Port Angeles has made continuous improvement a top priority. Today, the airport provides passenger and cargo transportation, emergency services, disaster response, recreational activities, and jobs.
  • Fairchild Airport (CLM) encompasses more than 800 acres of property, with 690 in aeronautical use. The primary runway is operated with an instrument landing system and can handle aircraft up to Boeing 737s.
  • Two runways are available at Fairchild Airport (CLM) for the needs of larger and smaller aircraft:
    • 8/26 - 6,350-feet long by 150-feet wide
    • 13/31 (daytime use only) - 3,250-feet long by 50-feet wide
  • The primary runway has the capacity for aircraft up to 115,000 pounds. The runway is equipped with an instrument landing system, visual approach slope indicator, eight runway-end identifier lights, medium intensity approach lighting system with runway alignment indicator, runway and taxiway lighting, and signage.
Runway & Instrument Facts

William R. Fairchild International Airport covers an area of 797 acres (323 ha) at an elevation of 291 feet (89 meters) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 8/26 is 6,347 feet by 150 feet (1,935 meters x 46 meters) and 13/31 is 3,245 feet by 50 feet (989 meters x 15 meters).

The primary runway is operated with an instrument landing system and can handle aircraft up to Boeing 737s.
Aerial Map of the Airport
 airport map
  1. Airport Terminal
  2. T-Hangers, T-Sheds
  3. Airport Runways: 8/26 and 13/31

Jerry Ludke
Title: Airport & Marina Manager
Phone: 360-417-3363
Email Jerry Ludke

1402 Airport Road
Port Angeles, WA 98363

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