Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport


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Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport

Ryan Field
Harding Field
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Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge
OperatorBaton Rouge Airport Authority
ServesBaton Rouge, Louisiana
LocationBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Elevation AMSL70 ft / 21 m
Coordinates30°31′58″N 091°09′00″W / 30.53278°N 91.15000°W / 30.53278; -91.15000Coordinates: 30°31′58″N 091°09′00″W / 30.53278°N 91.15000°W / 30.53278; -91.15000
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
KBTR is located in Louisiana
Location of Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4L/22R 7,500 2,286 Concrete
4R/22L 3,799 1,158 Asphalt
13/31 7,005 2,135 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft operations72,351
Based aircraft240

Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (IATA: BTR, ICAO: KBTR, FAA LID: BTR), also known as Ryan Field, is a public use airport located four miles (7 km) north of the central business district of Baton Rouge, a city in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States.[1]

The airport was originally Harding Field during World War II and was used by the United States Army Air Forces Technical Service Command as a maintenance and supply base. Its uses also included training pilots to fly Thunderbolt fighters.[2] One of the Thunderbolt pilots trained at Harding was Quentin Aanenson, who survived the war, and in 2007 appeared in Ken Burns' The War, a PBS film about World War II. Training was dangerous, The War noting that "Five members of Aanenson's group of 40 trainees died before they got a chance to go overseas".

Many other aircraft were used at Harding, including P-40 Warhawks, P-39 Airacobras, A-36 Apaches, and B-26 Marauders.[3]

Today other than the runways, virtually no traces remain of the military installation.

  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for BTR (Form 5010 PDF), effective 03-02-2017.
  2. ^ see: "The War: a Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick", Episode 3 "A Deadly Calling" at 33 minutes 10 secs. Pilot Quentin Aanenson says: "I wanted to fly fighters . . . I was sent to Harding Field at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That's where they had the P-47 Thunderbolt"
  3. ^ see "Heroes of Harding Field",, based on the book of the same name by William A. Spedale (self-published, 2000:

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