Francis S. Gabreski Airport
Suffolk County's Francis S. Gabreski Airport, named after Colonel Francis Stanley Gabreski, is a general aviation facility. It is utilized by corporate businesses, private aviation, and air taxi services.
The airport was built in 1943 as an Air Force base during World War II. It was given to Suffolk County after the war, but it was reclaimed in 1951 for the Korean War National Emergency. In 1960, the US Air Force leased it for an Air Defense Command base that served as home to the 52nd Fighter Wing from 1963 through 1968. The base was then deactivated in 1969 and given back to Suffolk County. The aiport operated as a civilian general aviation airport without a military unit starting in 1969 until June 1970, when the 102nd Air Refueling Squadron of the 106th Air Refueling Group, New York Air National Guard, relocated to Suffolk County with their KC-97 Stratofreighters. On July 12th, 1972, the federal government signed a "Quitclaim Deed" with Suffolk County, which conveyed the former air base property to the county "for the development, improvement and operation and maintenance of the airport" under the FAA's oversight. In 1990, the Suffolk Legislature and County Executive approved the Airport Study and Master PLAN as being best for the county. That plan provides the policy and guideline for determining short range needs, as well as the consideration of long range forecasts for the future use and development at the Suffolk County Airport. This included existing and potential use of the airport for aviation purposes, Air National Guard purposes, and industrial functions. Furthermore, it specifies that the primary purpose of the county's airport property is aviation, with its essential operating surfaces, such as runways and taxiways, to provide maximum operational efficiency and safety. The plan also notes that the itinerant aircraft apron will need to be expanded beyond its present parking capacity on the flight line in order to meet forecast demands. Hangars were proposed adjacent to Taxiway W, but could be placed in areas other than depicted on the plan. The current proposed action is for aviation purposes and is in conformance with the FAA deed covenants and the 1990 Airport Master Plan.
The airport is in Suffolk County, Long Island, three miles north of the central business district of Westhampton Beach, United States. It is around 80 miles east of New York City.
● KFOK has hree paved runways, including Runway 6/24, which is 9,000' x 150', making it among New York's longest after JFK International Airport and Stewart International Airport.
● Shelt-Air Aviation Services is the only fixed-base operator provides services to airport, having bought Malloy Air East in early 2014.
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