Beech Factory Airport


Beech Factory Airport (IATA: BEC, ICAO: KBEC, FAA LID: BEC) is a public use airport located five nautical miles (9 km) east of the central business district of Wichita, a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States. It is privately owned by Beechcraft.[1]

Beech Factory Airport
Airport typePublic
ServesWichita, Kansas
Elevation AMSL1,408 ft / 429 m
Coordinates37°41′40″N 097°12′54″W / 37.69444°N 97.21500°W / 37.69444; -97.21500Coordinates: 37°41′40″N 097°12′54″W / 37.69444°N 97.21500°W / 37.69444; -97.21500
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 8,000 2,438 Concrete
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations32,700
Based aircraft77

Facilities and aircraftEdit

Beech Factory Airport covers an area of 1,280 acres (520 ha) at an elevation of 1,408 feet (429 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 1/19 with a concrete surface measuring 8,000 by 100 feet (2,438 x 30 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending May 13, 2008, the airport had 32,700 aircraft operations, an average of 89 per day: 86% general aviation and 14% military. At that time there were 77 aircraft based at this airport: 27% single-engine, 38% multi-engine, 13% jet and 22% military.[1] Following the merger of the Cessna and Beechcraft employee flying clubs, Cessna's flying club has since moved from their previous base at Wichita Mid-Continental Airport to Beech Factory Airport.


The airport was founded in 1928 as part of a 148-acre land tract purchased from the city to house the Knoll Aircraft Company.[2] The Yellow Air Cab Company purchased the assets in 1930, followed by Beechcraft in 1940.

Nearby airportsEdit


On November 20, 2013 at approximately 9:30 pm CST, a Boeing 747-400 Dreamlifter with registration N780BA and operated by Atlas Air was en route to McConnell Air Force Base when it landed at the wrong airport. The pilots initially erroneously thought that they were at Beech Factory Airport. After reviewing coordinates with ATC and communicating with local ground control, it was determined that they were in fact at Colonel James Jabara Airport.[3][4][5] The plane successfully took off at 1:15 pm CST on November 21 and landed at nearby McConnell AFB.[6] The NTSB opened an investigation about the wrong landing.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Form 5010 for BEC PDF, effective 2009-05-07.
  2. ^ "How Knoll's New Factory will look". The Witchita Beacon. November 1928.
  3. ^ "Kansas: Plane left stranded after landing 'by mistake'". BBC News Online. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  4. ^ Mori, Daniel (2013-11-23). "ATC recording of Dreamlifter crew in contact with McConnell AFB with captions". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  5. ^ "Audio of Dreamlifter crew in contact with McConnell AFB". The Wichita Eagle. 2013-05-21. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  6. ^ Plumlee, Rick; McMillin, Molly (2013-11-21). "Wayward Dreamlifter captivates the Air Capital". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  7. ^ Siebenmark, Jerry (2013-11-22). "NTSB opens investigation into Dreamlifter's wrong landing". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2017-08-13.

External linksEdit

  • Beech Factory Airport at Kansas DOT Airport Directory
  • FAA Terminal Procedures for BEC, effective May 19, 2022
  • Resources for this airport:
    • FAA airport information for BEC
    • AirNav airport information for BEC
    • ASN accident history for BEC
    • FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for BEC