In the early 1940s, the U.S. Navy purchased the grounds for what is now St. Charles County - Smartt Field Airport from Ruth Neubeiser. The Navy constructed an octagonal, 8-runway airfield complete with an outer circular taxiway, hangars and barracks, and used the field for auxiliary training during the early years of World War II.
The facility, originally named Neubeiser Field, was renamed as Field #34512 by the Navy and then later renamed again as Smartt Field, in honor of Ensign Joseph Smartt from Robertson, Mo., who was the first St. Charles County resident killed in the Japanese attack on Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.
Federal Government Deeds Ground to Local Governments
In 1957, the federal government deeded the airport grounds, then consisting of 184 acres, to the City of St. Charles and St. Charles County. The city subsequently released their portion of the airport to the County in 1976.
In 1984, the Confederate Air Force, now the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), moved to Smartt Field where it still resides as the Missouri Wing of the CAF complete with a flying B-25 and TBM Avenger, numerous WWII-era military vehicles and artwork, as well as an aviation museum.
St. Charles County - Smartt Field Airport is classified as a reliever airport by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and currently consists of approximately 312 acres with four runways: Runways 9-27 and Runways 18-36, both with full parallel taxiways. The airfield also includes an Automated Surface Observation System (ASOS) weather station, pilot-controlled runway lighting, runway and taxiway directional and location signage, and 92 T-hangar aircraft storage hangars.
Businesses & Organizations
The Airport is home to three Fixed Base Operators (FBOs):
SCFS and Skylink provide aircraft maintenance and flight instruction and all three FBOs offer AvGas, with the CAF operating a 24/7 self-service credit card fueling facility. SCFS also provides charter and small air cargo services.
In addition to these FBOs, the Airport is also home to the offices of the St. Charles County Airport Administration and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Spirit of St. Louis Chapter 32.
Available Airplane Space
The Airport has 92 T-hangars for rent, as well as ample ramp space for parking and tie-down of aircraft.