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Durant Regional Airport–Eaker Field

Durant Regional Airport–Eaker Field

Durant Regional Airport–Eaker Field (IATA: DUA, ICAO: KDUA, FAA LID: DUA) is three miles (5 km) south of Durant, Oklahoma. It was established in September 1943.[2] The airport is home to Southeastern Oklahoma State University's Aviation Sciences Institute.

Eaker Field
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Durant
Elevation AMSL699 ft / 213 m
Coordinates33°56′32″N 096°23′40″W
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 5,001 1,524 Asphalt
Statistics (2005)
Aircraft operations46,355
Based aircraft21


The airport is named for SOSU alum General Ira Eaker, a 1917 graduate of Southeastern who served in World War I and World War II. During World War II, General Eaker was commander of the Eighth Air Force in England and led several historic bombing missions against targets in occupied Europe and Germany.

The City of Durant named an airfield west of town in honor of then Captain Eaker in the 1930s. The U.S. Navy built the current airfield as an auxiliary field during World War II and it became Durant Municipal Airport after the war. It was later renamed Eaker Field.[2]

The airport was served by Central Airlines from October 1949[3] until August 1954.[4] Central initially operated only Beechcraft Bonanzas but phased them out in 1950–1951 in favor of the Douglas DC-3.[5]


Eaker Field covers 840 acres (3.4 km2) and has one asphalt runway. Runway 17/35 is 6,800 x 100 ft (1,524.3 x 30.5 m).

In 2005 the airport had 46,355 aircraft operations, average 127 per day: 97.8% general aviation, 2.2% general aviation itinerant, 0.1% military. 21 aircraft were then based at the airport: 17 single-engine, 3 multi-engine, and 1 jet.


The Eaker Field Airport Terminal.

On February 11, 2011, Eaker Field opened a new, modern 8,000 sq ft (740 m2) terminal building. The project was funded by the Durant Industrial Authority and by a grant provided by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. The taxiway was also resurfaced for the first time since 1943.

The original design called for an air traffic control tower to be added, but that plan was later scrapped due to the cost.


  1. FAA Airport Form 5010 for DUA PDF.
  2. "Eaker Field (DUA)". Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Aviation Sciences Institute. Archived from the original on 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  3. "Central Airlines to Open New Route". The Dallas Morning News. Dallas, Texas. 8 October 1949. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  4. "Testimony Cites Need for More Air Service". The Dallas Morning News. Dallas, Texas. 8 October 1960. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  5. "Central Airlines to Start DC-3 Service over Routes". The Dallas Morning News. Dallas, Texas. 7 September 1950. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
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