Bentonville Municipal Airport
2500 SW Aviation Street
Bentonville, AR 72712
Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Self Service 24 hours
Airport Advisory Board Meetings are the 1st Thursday of the Month at 1 p.m.
Louise Thaden Field
The Bentonville Municipal Airport – Louise M. Thaden Field, houses 56 single engine, 5 multi-engine aircraft and 2 Helicopters (Airport Master Plan Final Report July 2016). The newly constructed main terminal has a pilots lounge, conference room, restrooms, breaks/concessions room, and computers with Internet access.
The City of Bentonville owns one enclosed t-hangar with six units and one open t-hangar with five units. There are five private box hangars of various sizes and a sixth enclosed t-hangar with eight units.
For car rentals, lodging, and restaurant information, check with the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce at (479)273-2841 or the Bentonville Convention & Visitors Bureau at (479)271-9153.
- FAA Safety
- Pilot Outlook
- Arkansas Airport Operators Association
- Arkansas Department of Aeronautics
- Airport Summary Report
Louise M. Thaden
B&W photo of Louis M. Thaden FieldwidthIn 1951 the airport was named after Louise McPhetridge Thaden who was born in Bentonville on November 12, 1905. She was aviation pioneer and set the women's altitude record, solo endurance record, and speed record in the late 1920's. She was the most famous female American aviator of her time, only after Amelia Earhart.
Louise earned her pilot's certificate in 1928: No. 850, signed by Orville Wright. She co-founded, with Earhart, the Ninety-Nines, an International organization for female pilots.
In 1936, Thaden, and co-pilot Blanche Noyes, became the first women to win the Bendix Transcontinental Air Race. She won aviation's highest honor given a female pilot, and the Harmon Trophy, a year later.
Louise married Herbert Von Thaden, a former United States Army pilot & Engineer, in 1928. They had two children, Bill & Pat. She authored her memories in High, Wide, and Frightened, as well as many other articles about aviation. On November 9, 1979, Louise M Thaden died of a heart attack in High Point, NC.