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NALF Fentress
USGS aerial image - 9 April 1990
Airport type Military
Owner U.S. Navy
Location Chesapeake, Virginia
Elevation AMSL 16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 36°41′31″N 076°08′04″W / 36.69194°N 76.13444°W / 36.69194; -76.13444
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 8,004 2,440 Asphalt
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress (ICAO: KNFE, FAA Location identifier: NFE) is a military use airport located in Chesapeake, Virginia. This military airport is owned by the U.S. Navy and is under the operational control of Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. The airfield primarily supports day and night Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations by US Navy and US Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet, and US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet, E-2 Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound aircraft based in Virginia and the Carolinas.[1]

Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned NFE by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA.[2]


Fentress NALF has one operational runway designated Runway 5/23 with an asphalt surface measuring 8,004 by 175 feet (2,440 x 53 m).[1] Four additional shorter paved runways dating from the airfield's original construction during World War II are located in the airfield's northern quadrant. These additional runways are closed to aircraft. On July 5th, 2011, it was announced that NALF Fentress would close in January 2012 for 9 months for major repairs. Touch and go maneuvers would move to Naval Air Station Oceana and Naval Station Norfolk/Chambers Field.[3] As of October 15, 2012 the airfield was reopened.

Encroachment issues

End of June 2014 the Chesapeake City Council voted unanimously to use city and state funds who plan to put up about $1 million each, to buy property near the Fentress Naval airport in order to prevent encroachment onto the airfield.[4] this is similar to a program of Virginia Beach, Virginia and the state of Virginia regarding Naval Air Station Oceana.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 FAA Airport Master Record for NFE (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 8 April 2010.
  2. "NALF Fentress (FAA: NFE)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  3. the virginian pilot july 5, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sheler, Jeff (25 June 2014). "Chesapeake votes to buy land near Fentress air strip". The Virginian-Pilot. & Retrieved 19 December 2016. 

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