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Dothan Regional Airport

(former Napier Army Airfield)
DHN logo.jpg
Dothan Regional Airport.jpg
NAIP aerial image, June 2006
Airport typePublic
OwnerDothan-Houston County Airport Authority
Serves Dothan, Alabama
Elevation  AMSL401 ft / 122 m
Coordinates 31°19′16″N 085°26′58″W / 31.32111°N 85.44944°W / 31.32111; -85.44944
DOTHAN REGIONAL AIRPORT Latitude and Longitude:

31°19′16″N 085°26′58″W / 31.32111°N 85.44944°W / 31.32111; -85.44944
FAA diagram of Dothan Regional
FAA diagram of Dothan Regional
DHN is located in Alabama
Location of airport in Alabama
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 8,499 2,590 Asphalt
18/36 5,498 1,676 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft operations48,734
Based aircraft (2017)74
Freight61,000 lbs

Dothan Regional Airport ( IATA: DHN, ICAO: KDHN, FAA LID: DHN) is a public airport in Dale County, Alabama, United States. [1] It is seven miles northwest of Dothan, [3] a city mostly in Houston County. The airport is owned by the Dothan-Houston County Airport Authority. [1]

It is in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year). [4] As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 47,859 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, [5] 42,071 in 2009 and 41,453 in 2010. [6]

Commercial airline service is limited to Delta Air Lines service to Atlanta. Over 50% of Dothan's flights are military aviation training operations from nearby Fort Rucker, NAS Whiting Field, and NAS Pensacola, while just under 40% are general aviation.


In 1941 the United States Army Air Corps constructed Napier Field, named in honor of Major Edward L. Napier of Union Springs, Alabama. One of the Army's first flight surgeons, he was killed in the crash of a Fokker D.VII, AS-5382, [7] at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio, on 15 September 1923. He had been a Medical Corps Officer in World War I and had transferred to the Army Air Corps. He was receiving training as a flight surgeon at the time of his death. The official report states that he was piloting the plane himself and there was a structural failure of a wing. [8]

Napier Field was assigned to the Southeast Training Center of the Army Air Forces Training Command. It was commanded by the 73d Army Air Force Base Unit. In addition to the main facility, the following known sub-bases and auxiliaries were constructed to support the training operations:

The 29th Flying Training Wing was activated at Napier on December 26, 1942. The 2116th (Pilot School, Advanced, Single-Engine) was main operational group at Napier Field. The group flew mostly AT-6 Texans as well as providing advanced & specialized training in single engine aircraft, including P-40 fighters. The first aircraft began operating on the field on October 1, 1941.

On December 20, 1941, the first group of British cadets arrived for training under the Arnold Scheme. The first American cadets graduated on July 3, 1942 (42-F). In late May 1945, officers from the Mexican Army began P-40 training at Napier Field.

World War II Napier Field postcard

The field was inactivated by the U.S. Army Air Forces on October 31, 1945, and the airfield and its improvements were made available to the City of Dothan and Houston County under an Agreement in 1946 which was jointly accepted at that time. The airport lands lay dormant for about 20 years and Houston County later turned its share of Napier Field to the City.

In the early 1960s, a complete overhaul of the facility commenced with the old USAAF airfield layout being largely dug up and converted into reinforced hard surface for new jet runways, buildings and other facilities built for a civilian airport. Dothan Regional Airport opened to commercial activity on February 15, 1965. [9] [10] [11] [12]

In 2004, an Air Force presence returned to the airport in the form of a non-flying unit, the 280th Combat Communications Squadron (280 CCS), an Air Force Special Operations Command ( AFSOC)-gained unit of the Alabama Air National Guard, which established Dothan Regional Airport Air National Guard Station on the airport. [13]

Facilities and aircraft

Dothan Regional Airport covers 1,150 acres (465 ha) at an elevation of 401 feet (122 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt runways: 14/32 is 8,499 by 150 feet (2,590 x 46 m) and 18/36 is 5,498 by 100 feet (1,676 x 30 m). [1]

In 2011 the airport had 85,201 aircraft operations, an average of 233 per day: 55% military, 40% general aviation, 4% scheduled commercial, and 1% air taxi. 91 aircraft were then based at this airport: 52% single- engine, 40% multi-engine, 8% jet, and 1% helicopter. [1]

Airline and destination

Delta Connection Atlanta


Annual Enplanement

Annual enplanement at DHN [14]
Year Enplanement Change
1999 66,025
2000 69,220 Increase4.8%
2001 55,064 Decrease20.45%
2002 57,911 Increase5.17%
2003 61,143 Increase5.6%
2004 69,094 Increase13.0%
2005 68,330 Decrease1.11%
2006 57,552 Decrease15.77%
2007 48,019 Decrease16.6%
2008 47,859 Decrease0.33%
2009 42,071 Decrease12.09%
2010 41,453 Decrease1.47%
2011 46,388 Increase11.91%
2012 46,452 Increase0.14%
2013 48,423 Increase4.24%
2014 50,309 Increase3.89%
2015 46,792 Decrease6.99%
Top domestic destinations: January – December 2016 [2]
Rank City Airport Passengers
1 Atlanta, GA Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 49,110


In November 1985, a former US Air Force C-131H, AF Ser. No. 54-2817, which was in the process of being transferred from the Air Force to the US Navy's Fleet Air Logistics Squadron 48 (VR-48) at Andrews AFB/ NAF Washington, Maryland, crashed on takeoff during a post-contract maintenance acceptance flight, killing the crew of 3 on board. Poor civilian contract maintenance on the elevator control cables was determined as the cause of the mishap. [15]

On August 31, 1991 a Boeing 707 operated by Lloyd Aereo Boliviano was damaged beyond repair in a hangar fire. [16]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for DHN ( Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Dothan, AL: Dothan (DHN)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "About Us". Dothan Reginal Airport. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original ( PDF, 2.03 MB) on 2012-09-27.
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  6. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
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  9. ^ It is the 2nd Commercial primary airport. About Dothan Regional Airport Archived March 12, 2006, at Retrieved June 25, 2007.
  10. ^  This article incorporates  public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website
  11. ^ Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
  12. ^ Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
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  14. ^ FAA Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Retrieved on Mar 31, 2015.
  15. ^ List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft (1980–89)
  16. ^ 1991 hangar fire at the Aviation Safety Network

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