Airport Biography and Background


The Auburn Municipal Airport is a public use airfield centrally located within the I-5 corridor of Western Washington. Sitting 45 minutes south of Seattle and just 25 minutes north of Tacoma, we are perfectly situated to serve the growing needs of pilots and general aviation enthusiasts here in the Pacific Northwest.


At the direction of Mayor Shaughnessey in 1962, a committee was appointed to find a suitable location within the City of Auburn for construction of a new airport. After years of feasibility studies and the subsequent acquisition of funds, the Auburn Municipal Airport was opened in 1969 with a 2,900' runway and an adjacent paved taxiway. The Airport was renamed Dick Scobee Field in honor of the late Francis Richard Scobee, an Auburn native and the last commander of the Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-51L).