Longtime Fayetteville Airport Director Ray Boudreaux Takes Off

Longtime Fayetteville Airport Director Retires...

Posted: March 29, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO DAVID GOTTSCHALK Ray Boudreaux, director of the Fayetteville Executive Airport at Drake Field, describes his background as he sits behind his desk Wednesday at the airport.

FAYETTEVILLE -- City officials are looking for someone to run the Fayetteville Executive Airport following longtime director Ray Boudreaux's departure.

At A Glance

Drake Field

Noah Drake, a geology professor at the University of Arkansas, in 1929 donated $3,500 to the city to help buy land for an airfield. The next year, voters approved $20,000 in bonds to buy 150 acres along U.S. 71 and build three runways. The Fayetteville Municipal Airport was formally dedicated in 1944. It was named Drake Field in 1947. Commercial passenger flights ended in 1999. Ray Boudreaux became director of the renamed, Fayetteville Executive Airport, Drake Field in 2002.

Sources: City Of Fayetteville, Washington County Historical Society

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