Business View Magazine | December 2020

231 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2020 Lincoln Air Finding the silver lining I deally located in Lancaster County, five miles northwest of downtown Lincoln (Nebraska’s state capital), Lincoln Airport is the second largest airport in the State and one of the 25 largest airports in the U.S. in terms of land size. Geographically, it covers 5500 acres, and has three paved runways. The longest, measuring 12,901 feet, was once designated as an emergency landing site for the Space Shuttle, but never used as such. Indeed, the Airport has seen a world of change in the 100 years since its inception. Lincoln Airport began life in the early 1920s and is legendary as one of the places where Charles Lindbergh learned to fly and the first place he took lessons. During World War II, it was contracted by the United States Army Air Corps for basic flight training and known, then, as the Lincoln Army Airfield. Returning to civil use following the war, Lincoln Airport became host to a flying unit of the newly formed Nebraska Air National Guard along with a Naval Reserve unit flying patrol aircraft. Operating as the Lincoln Air Force Base, the airfield was also home to a Strategic Air Command AT A GLANCE LINCOLN AIRPORT WHAT: A general aviation airport WHERE: Five miles northwest of Lincoln, Nebraska WEBSITE: