Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields:

Southern Mississippi

© 2002, © 2020 by Paul Freeman. Revised 8/11/20.

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Alexander Airport / Picayune Airport / Alexandria Airport (revised 6/17/20) - Canton Airfield (added 10/19/19) - Forest Home Airport (added 8/11/20) - Hancock County Airport (revised 1/2/17)

K&R Airport / King Riddell Airport (added 10/19/19) - Natchez Airpark (added 7/4/19) - Raby Field / Pascagoulga Airport (1st location) / Jackson County Airport (revised 9/22/18)

Pascagoulga Airport (2nd location) / Jackson County Airport (revised 1/4/15) - Picayune Municipal Airport (2nd location) / Picayune Pearl River County Airport (revised 1/25/18)

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Forest Home Airport (MS23), Woodville, MS

31.007, -91.203 (North of Baton Rouge, LA)

Forest Home Airport, as depicted on a 1996 USGS aerial view looking west.



This short-lived small airport was evidently constructed at some point between 1983-96,

as it was not yet depicted on a 1983 aerial photo or the 1988 USGS topo map.

The earliest depiction which has been located of Forest Home Airport was a 1996 USGS aerial view looking west.

It appeared to show the airport just having been constructed, with a new asphalt northwest/southeast runway, and a hangar on the east side.



A 2006 aerial photo showed no markings on the Forest Home Airport runway.



According to Jim Weller, various sources listed the Forest Home Airport owner as Boatner Howell.

Jim reported, “He was a friend of my parents; he died in 2007.”



A 2007 aerial photo showed multiple yellow closed-runway “X” symbols having been painted on the Forest Home Airport runway.



The 2012 USGS topo map depicted Forest Home Airport as having a single paved northwest/southeast runway.



According to Jim Weller, Forest Home Airport “was stricken from the FAA airport list in August 2013.”



The 2015 USGS topo map no longer depicted Forest Home Airport.






A 2019 aerial view looking west showed the remains of Forest Home Airport, with the paved runway deteriorated but intact, and several closed-runway “X” symbols still visible.

The hangar also remained intact.



Thanks to Jim Weller for pointing out this airfield.



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Canton Airfield, Canton, MS

32.598, -90.069 (North of New Orleans, LA)

The Canton Airfield, as depicted on a 1/21/84 USGS aerial view.



Not much is known about this small cropdusting airfield.

It may have been established at some point between 1975-82,

as it was not yet depicted on the 1975 USGS topo map.



The earliest depiction which has been located of the Canton Airfield was on a 1982 aerial photo.

It depicted a very narrow asphalt runway squeezed into a narrow plot of land paralleling the east side of Interstate 55.

A total of 6 light single-engine planes were visible near a small hangar on the south end.



Charlie reported, “It had a couple thousand feet of 15-20' wide asphalt to help the agricultural planes get off the ground with a full load.

Part of my pleasure/torture during flight training in a Luscombe 8A was landing on this strip of pavement narrower than the Luscombe's wingspan.

My instructor liked to visit the ag pilot, who was a good friend.

In fact, I met my instructor at this airport when I drove by & stopped to see if they had a suitable training aircraft for sale.

The ag pilot built a new strip, 4MS9 when the town wanted to develop the land of the original strip.”



A 1983 aerial photo only showed a single plane on the field.



A 1/21/84 USGS aerial did not appear to show any planes on the field.



The 1989 USGS topo map depicted a single paved north/south runway, generically labeled “Landing Strip”,

with 2 small buildings on the southeast side.






A 2019 aerial view looking northwest showed the remains of the Canton Airfield, with the remains of the middle portion of the runway, and one hangar remaining on the southeast end.



Charlie reported in 2019, “You can still see some evidence of the strip;

it now has a car dealership & a La Quinta Inn covering the north end.”



Thanks to Charlie for pointing out this airfield.



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K&R Airport / King Riddell Airport, Canton, MS

32.596, -90.102 (North of New Orleans, LA)

K&R Airport, as depicted on the 1961 USGS topo map.



This small general aviation airport was evidently established at some point in 1961,

as it was not yet depicted on the February 1961 Birmingham Sectional Chart.



The earliest depiction which has been located of K&R Airport was on the 1961 USGS topo map.

It depicted K&R Airport as having a single paved northwest/southeast runway, with 3 small buildings on the southeast side.



At some point between 1961-65 the airport was evidently renamed King Riddell Airport,

as that is how it was depicted on the April 1965 Birmingham Sectional Chart.

It depicted King Riddell Airport as having a 4,000' unpaved runway.



The last aeronautical chart depiction which is available of King Riddell Airport was on the April 1968 Birmingham Sectional Chart.

It depicted King Riddell Airport as having a 4,000' paved northeast/southwest runway,

a slightly different orientation than that depicted on the 1961 USGS topo map.



Strangely, the 1984 USGS topo map continued to depict the airport under the name of “K&R Airport”,

and also with a slightly different runway orientation than that shown on aeronautical charts.



K&R Airport was evidently abandoned (for reasons unknown) at some point between 1968-84,

as a 1/21/84 USGS aerial photo depicted remains of a northwest/southeast runway, with a building directly on each end of the runway.



A 2019 aerial view looking northwest showed the remains of the former K&R Airport runway, with a building directly on the southeast end.



The site of K&R Airport is located northwest of the intersection of Route 22 & Nissan Parkway.



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Natchez Airpark, Natchez, MS

31.585, -91.382 (Northwest of New Orleans, LA)

Natchez Airpark, as depicted on the February 1960 Beaumont Sectional Chart (courtesy of Lee Corbin).



This small general aviation airport was evidently established at some point between 1949-60,

as it was not yet depicted on the 1949 USGS topo map.



The earliest depiction which has been located of Natchez Airpark was on the February 1960 Beaumont Sectional Chart (courtesy of Lee Corbin).

It depicted Natchez Airpark as having a 3,000' unpaved runway.



The earliest photo which has been located of Natchez Airpark was a 1962 aerial view.

It depicted Natchez Airpark as having an unpaved north/south runway & a hangar on the northwest side, but there was no sign of any aircraft.



The 1963 USGS topo map (courtesy of Lee Corbin) depicted “Natchez Air Park” as having an unpaved north/south runway

and 2 small buildings on the northwest side.



The earliest photo which is available of Natchez Airpark was a 1998 USGS aerial view looking southeast.

It depicted Natchez Airpark as having an unpaved north/south runway & a hangar on the northwest side, but there was no sign of any aircraft or other recent aviation use.



The 1977 USGS topo map continued to depict Nathez Air Park in an unchanged fashion.



Natchez Airpark was evidently closed at some point between 1977-2012,

as the 2012 USGS topo map labeled it “Homewood Oil Field” - unfortnately a more lucrative property use than a small airport.



A 2012 aerial view looking southeast showed the site of Natchez Airpark remained intact, including the somewhat overgrown unpaved north/south runway & the hangar on the northwest side.



A 2012 aerial view looking southeast showed the former Natchez Airpark hangar.



Thanks to Lee Corbin for pointing out this airfield.



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Hancock County Airport, Bay St. Louis, MS

30.31, -89.38 (Northeast of New Orleans, LA)

A 4/6/52 USGS aerial photo (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee) depicted Hancock County Airport as having a single northwest/southeast unpaved runway.



Hancock County Airport was evidently established at some point between 1949-52,

as it was not yet depicted on the 1949 Mobile Sectional Chart (courtesy of John Voss).



The earliest photo which has been located of this airfield was a 4/6/52 USGS aerial photo (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee).

It depicted Hancock County Airport as having a single northwest/southeast unpaved runway.



The 1956 USGS topo map (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee)

depicted Hancock County Airport as a single unpaved northwest/southeast runway, labeled simply as “Airfield”,

with 2 small buildings on the southeast side.



Hancock County Airport, as depicted on the 1957 USGS topo map (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee).



Hancock County Airport was still labeled on the 1963 USGS topo map (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee).



The earliest aeronautical chart depiction which has been located of Hancock County Airport was on the 1964 Mobile Sectional Chart.

It depicted Hancock County as having a 2,200' unpaved runway.



A May 1964 NASA aerial photo (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee) depicted a few more small buildings on the southeast side of Hancock County Airport,

along with possibly one light aircraft.



The last aeronautical chart depiction which has been located of Hancock County Airport was on the 1965 New Orleans Sectional Chart.

It depicted Hancock County as having a 2,200' unpaved runway.



Hancock County Airport was evidently closed at some point between 1965-71,

as it was no longer depicted on the January 1971 New Orleans Sectional Chart (courtesy of Ron Plante).



A 2/19/92 USGS aerial photo (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee)

depicted some larger buildings having been built on the southern end of the runway, along with a small building on the north end,

probably indicating the closure of the airport.



The 1997 USGS topo map (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee)

still depicted a single unpaved northwest/southeast runway, labeled simply as “Airfield”.



A 10/29/12 aerial photo (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee) showed that the runway outline of the former Hancock County Airport remains recognizable.



The site of Hancock County Airport is located southeast of the intersection of Washington Street & Chapman Road.



Thanks to Dallam Oliver-Lee for pointing out this airfield.

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Alexander Airport / Picayune Airport / Alexandria Airport, Picayune, MS

30.52, -89.69 (Northeast of New Orleans, LA)

Alexander Airport, as depicted on the February 1950 Mobile Sectional Chart.



Alexander Airport, on the southwest side of Picayune,

was evidently established at some point between 1949-50,

as it was not yet depicted on the August 1949 Mobile Sectional Chart.

The earliest depiction which has been located of Alexander Airport was on the February 1950 Mobile Sectional Chart.

It depicted Alexander Airport as having a 2,300' unpaved runway.



The earliest photo which has been located of Alexander Airport was a 5/12/52 USGS aerial photo (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee).

It depicted Alexander Airport as having 2 unpaved runways.



The 1953 USGS topo map (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee) labeled the field as Picayune Airport.



A 2/27/53 USGS aerial photo of Picayune Airport (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee) showed one single-engine aircraft parked on the north end of a single unpaved north/south runway.

Some small hangars were located on the north side.



It was still depicted as Alexander Airport on the February 1957 Mobile Sectional Chart,

with a 2,200' unpaved runway.



The August 1957 Mobile Sectional Chart depicted the former Alexander Airport under a new name, Picayune Airport, with a 5,000' paved runway.



The 1957 USGS topo map (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee) labeled the field under yet another name, “Alexandria” Airport.



The 1958 USGS topo map (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee) no longer depicted the Picayune Airport on the southwest side of the town,

instead depicting the new Picayune Municipal Airport on the west side of town.



The last aeronautical chart depiction which has been located of the Picayune Airport on the southwest side of the town was on the March 1960 Mobile Sectional Chart.

It depicted Picayune Airport as having a 5,000' paved runway.



The Picayune Airport on the southwest side of the town was evidently closed at some point between 1960-61,

as it was no longer depicted on the February 1961 Mobile Sectional Chart.



An 11/30/11 aerial view appears to show that at least one hangar from Alexander Airport remains intact.



A circa 2011 aerial view looking east at a remaining hangar from Alexander Airport.



The site of Alexander Airport is located south of the intersection of Bruce Street & Hunt Street.



Thanks to Dallam Oliver-Lee for pointing out this airfield.

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Picayune Municipal Airport (2nd location) (PCU) / Picayune Pearl River County Airport, Picayune, MS

30.52, -89.71 (Northeast of New Orleans, LA)

A 2/24/54 USGS aerial photo (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee) depicted the paved runway of the 2nd location of the Picayune Municipal Airport under construction,

as well as a possible predecessor set of 3 unpaved runways.



The Picayune Municipal Airport at this location was not depicted on the 1945 New Orleans Sectional Chart (courtesy of John Voss)

nor on a 5/12/52 USGS aerial photo (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee).



The earliest photo which has been located of this airfield was a 2/24/54 USGS aerial photo (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee).

It depicted the paved northeast/southwest runway of the Picayune Municipal Airport under construction,

as well as a possible predecessor set of 3 unpaved runways located adjacent to the northwest side of the new paved runway.



The Picayune Municipal Airport at this location was still not depicted on the 1957 USGS topo map (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee).



The 1958 USGS topo map (from the University of Alabama Map Library)

depicted the "Picayune Landing Field" as having a single northeast/southwest paved runway,

with a ramp & a beacon at the northeast corner of the field.



The 1960 Jeppesen Airway Manual (courtesy of Chris Kennedy)

depicted Picayune Municipal as having a single 4,000' paved Runway 4/22,

along with a taxiway leading to a ramp on the northwest side of the runway with two buildings (hangars?).



The 1962 AOPA Airport Directory described the "City of Picayune" Airport

as having a single 4,000' concrete Runway 4/22.



The earliest aeronautical chart depiction which has been located of the 2nd location of Picayune Municipal Airport was on the 1964 Mobile Sectional Chart.

It depicted Picayune as having a 4,000' paved runway.



The 1982 AOPA Airport Directory (courtesy of Ed Drury) described the "Picayune Pearl River County" Airport

as having a single 4,000' asphalt Runway 5/23,

and listed the operator as Ray's Flight Service.



The 1985 USGS topo map depicted Picayune Municipal Airport as having a single northeast/southwest runway.



As depicted in a 1996 USGS aerial view looking south, Picayune Municipal consisted of a single paved 4,200' Runway 5/23.

A ramp with several hangars was situated on the northeast corner of the field, on which were parked at least 14 light aircraft,

and another small hangar was on the south side of the runway.



David Sims recalled, “I was one of the last pilots to use this airfield.”



The last aeronautical chart depiction which has been located of the 2nd location of Picayune Municipal Airport

was on the June 1999 New Orleans Sectional Chart (courtesy of Ron Plante).

It depicted Picayune as having a single 4,000' paved northeast/southwest runway.



In 1999, a new & larger Picayune Municipal Airport was opened on the southeast side of the town,

and the original airfield was presumably closed at the same time.

The original airport was depicted as an abandoned airfield on the 2003 Sectional Chart.



David Sims reported in 2005, “The property is & has always been owned by the Picayune school district.

After it was closed, the airstrip was used by a company to store large metal structures.

It is currently being used by FEMA for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

FEMA has set up several trailers on the old airfield to serve as temporary housing for relief workers & survivors.”



A 2006 photo by Ron Jackson, looking northeast along the abandoned former Runway 5 at Picayune.

Note the closed-runway yellow “X” symbol still visible on the pavement.



A 2006 photo by Ron Jackson, looking west at the former hangars on the north side of the field at Picayune.



A circa 2006 aerial view looking west along the row of hangars & former runway of the 2nd location of Piccayune Municipal Airport.



A 2017 aerial view looking southwest shows the hangars & runway of the 2nd location of Picayune Municipal Airport to remain intact.



The site of the 2nd location of Picayune Municipal Airport is located southwest of the intersection of Palestine Road & Airport Road.



Thanks to Chris Kennedy for pointing out this airfield.

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Raby Field / Pascagoula Airport (1st location) / Jackson County Airport, Pascagoula, MS

30.38, -88.53 (Southwest of Mobile, AL)

Raby Field, as depicted on the 1934 Navy Aviation Chart V-242 (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).



Pascagoula's first airport was located adjacent to the northeast side of the town.

The date of construction of the field is unknown.

The earliest reference to the field which has been located was on the 1934 Navy Aviation Chart V-242 (courtesy of Chris Kennedy),

which depicted it under the airfield's original name, Raby Field.



The location of Raby Field, from the 1934 Navy Aviation Chart V-242 (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).



The layout of Raby Field, from the 1934 Navy Aviation Chart V-242 (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).

It described Raby Field as consisting of a irregularly shaped sod landing area, with the longest distance measuring 2,150'.

The field had no hangars or other facilities.



An aerial view looking southwest at Raby Field, from the 1934 Navy Aviation Chart V-242 (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).



The August 1935 Mobile Sectional Chart depicted Raby Field as a commercial/municipal airport.



The Airport Directory Company's 1938 Airport Directory (courtesy of Chris Kennedy)

described "Raby Auxiliary" Airport as being located 1 mile northeast of the center of the city,

and said that the field had a total of four 2,000' runways.



A 10/27/40 aerial view (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee) depicted Raby Field as having 3 unpaved runways,

with an airport circle marking at the intersection.



The field had been renamed Jackson County Airport by the time of the January 1944 Mobile Sectional Chart,

which depicted it as a commercial/municipal airport.



At some point between 1941-45, the original Pascagoula Airport had apparently been renamed Jackson County Airport,

and a new Pascagoula Airport had been built a mile to the east, as depicted on the July 1945 Mobile Sectional Chart.



The 1945 AAF Airfield Directory (courtesy of Scott Murdock) described the Jackson County Airport

as a 81 acre irregularly-shaped property containing 3 sod runways, the longest being the 2,146' north/south & east/west strips.

The field was said to have 2 hangars, the largest being a 100' x 80' brick & steel structure.

Jackson County Airport was described as being owned by Jackson County, and operated by private interests.



The original Pascagoula / Jackson County Airport was evidently closed at some point between 1945-46,

as only the new Jackson County Airport was depicted on the August 1946 Mobile Sectional Chart.



A 4/7/52 aerial view (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee) showed a track had been built over the site of the original Pascagoula Airport,

but the outlines of the runways were still visible.



The runway outlines were still recognizable on a 2/13/55 aerial view (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee).



A November 1971 aerial photo (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee)

showed the site to have been redeveloped, with no recognizable remnants of the airfield appearing to remain.



A November 2011 aerial photo (courtesy of Oliver Dallam-Lee) showed no recognizable remnants of the original Jackson County Airport.



The original location of the Jackson County Airport is north of the the intersection of Route 90 & Vega Street.

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Pascagoula Airport (2nd location) / Jackson County Airport (PGL), Pascagoula, MS

30.38, -88.49 (Southwest of Mobile, AL)

A 4/27/43 aerial view looking north from the 1945 AAF Airfield Directory (courtesy of Scott Murdock)

depicted Pascagoula Municipal Airport as having 2 paved runways.



This airfield was apparently built at some point between 1941-43,

as it was not depicted on the 1941 Mobile Sectional Chart (courtesy of Chris Kennedy) nor on the 1943 USGS topo map.

The earliest depiction which has been found of the Pascagoula Municipal Airport at this location

was a 4/27/43 aerial view from the 1945 AAF Airfield Directory (courtesy of Scott Murdock).

It depicted the field as having 2 perpendicular paved runways with parallel taxiways.



The earliest aeronautical chart depiction which has been located of this airfield

was on the 1945 Mobile Sectional Chart (courtesy of John Voss).

It depicted "Pascagoula" as an auxiliary airfield.



The 1945 AAF Airfield Directory (courtesy of Scott Murdock) described the Pascagoula Municipal Airport

as a 660 acre square property containing 3 asphalt 4,500' runways, oriented north/south, northeast/southwest, and northwest/southeast.

The field was not said to have any hangars.

Pascagoula Municipal Airport was described as being owned by Jackson County, and operated by private interests.



At some point between 1945-49,

the new Pascagoula Airport apparently became renamed as Jackson County Airport,

after the original Pascagoula Airport was closed,

as that is how it was depicted on the 1949 Mobile Sectional Chart (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).



A 4/7/52 aerial view (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee) depicted Pascagoula Airport as having 3 paved runways & taxiways.

Two small hangars were on the north side of the field, near which was visible one single-engine aircraft.



A 2/13/55 aerial view (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee) showed that a 3rd small hangar had been added at some point between 1952-55.



The 1958 USGS topo map depicted the Jackson County Airport as having 3 paved runways, taxiways,

and 1 building on the north side of the field.



The 1960 Jeppesen Airway Manual (courtesy of Chris Kennedy)

depicted the Jackson County Airport as having three 4,500' paved runways,

along with several buildings (hangars?) along the north side of the field.



The 1962 AOPA Airport Directory described the Jackson County Airport

as having three 4,500' bituminous runways: 18/36, 14/32, and 5/23.

The operator was listed as Robert Neal.



According to Scott Schuler, “This airport had scheduled airline service from Southern Airways

using Martin 404s, ending in the 1960s.

I have several items from Southern, including a route map, showing service there.

Southern, typical of that era, showed on the route maps little diagrams of the runway configurations of served airports.

An Official Airline Guide from November 1966 also shows service there with DC-3s

with non-stop service to Mobile, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg.”



What was by then known as the Jackson County Airport (in its second location),

as depicted on the 1964 Mobile Sectional Chart (courtesy of John Voss).



The last photo which has been located showing the Jackson County Airport still operating

was a November 1979 USGS fakse-color aerial view (courtesy of Dallam Oliver-Lee).



The 1980 USGS topo map depicted the Jackson County Airport as having 3 paved runways, taxiways,

and only 2 buildings (hangars?) on the north side of the field,

which was significantly less than the number of buildings depicted on the 1960 diagram.



In the 1982 AOPA Airport Directory (courtesy of Ed Drury), the runway configuration was still the same.

The operators was listed as General Aviation Corp., Gulf Coast Aircraft Sales, and Everon Air.



In a blatant example of pork-barrel politics,

Jackson County Airport was replaced at some point between 1982-98

by the brand-new "Trent Lott International Airport" just north of the city.

Jackson County Airport was presumably closed upon completion of the new airport.



In the 1994 USGS aerial photo, the airfield was essentially still complete,

with all 3 runways still largely intact, and several hangars still standing north of the ramp.



The 1998 World Aeronautical Chart depicted the site of Jackson County Airport as an abandoned airfield.



At some point after the airport's abandonment, the property was redesignated as the Bayou Casotte Industrial Park.



The 1994 USGS aerial photo was annotated by Bret Kepner to show the configuration of the former airfield site as of 2005,

with a large chemical plant having been constructed over the former terminal area on the north side of the field.



Bret Kepner visited the site of the Pacagoula Airport in February 2005.

He reported: “A huge new chemical plant now occupies most of the northern end of the property

above the train tracks which were built across the oldest runway.

As can be seen. the surface is really, really bad.

There was no access to the other runways, which may or may not even be there, anyway.”



A February 2005 photo by Bret Kepner looking north along former Runway 18/36, toward the new chemical plant.



A February 2005 photo by Bret Kepner looking south along former Runway 18/36, toward its intersection with former Runway 5/23.



An 11/11/11 aerial photo showed that the majority of the former airport property has been covered by a surface-mining quarry, filled with water.

Portions of several runways still remain intact on the west & north sides.



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