Arkansas’ Thaden Field tries to unite aviation’s history and its new generation.


Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT) has served local and transient aviators since at least 1946. In recent years, this airport in northwestern Arkansas has been the beneficiary of strategic thought and investment into what was historically a typical general aviation airport. These efforts have enabled the construction of dedicated aerospace-related facilities, while concurrently honoring a local name that’s well known in national aviation circles.

The airport today is predominantly known as “Thaden Field,” named after the pioneering pilot Louise M. Thaden who was born and raised in Bentonville. 


Flying Magazine | By Grant Boyd