Legacy Destination of the Week 166: Oops Peter O. Knight Airport (KTPF) 04 Dec to 11 Dec 2022

Our Destination of the Week challenge features a new destination airport on a weekly basis. Every week we get to fly to a remote or a big commercial airport, depending on the monthly theme. Although there are multiple airports in the theme, each one is a separate destination and not linked in any way other than the common theme.

The Rules:

1. Depart in the aircraft of your choice from the airport of your choice, anywhere in the world (as long as you respect maximum flight hours). Consider this a new "cold start" flight.
2. Fly to the Destination of the Week airport. 
3. On completion of the flight, go to the PIREP page and file your flight as a DOTW mission. There is no flight tracking software involved. This is purely a fun exercise. Enjoy!

Welcome to our Legacy Destinations of the Week!

As our president, Stijn, announced in our March 2020 Newsletter our Destination of the Week officially comes to a close after 500 weeks of running. This means that we are now in DOTW ReRun mode. The original thought was to start with the very first DOTW, HUEN, however we had to consider DOTW theme timing. Some DOTW's are seasonal or calendar themed while others are holiday themed.

I want to thank Stijn for his DOTW creative efforts. The DOTW series has been a masterful effort on his part and unarguably one of our most successful programs here at Platinum Airways.

Stijn, if you live to be 100 years old, that will be 10% of your life dedicated to Platinum Airways. We can never thank you enough!

Welcome all to our new Destination of the Week series, Oops ... It will take us back on memory lane to some of the major Oops events in civil aviation history.OopsBanner

KTPFp05Tampa, Florida is usually a quiet environment. One of many airports serving the area is Peter O. Knight Airport (KTPF) on Davis Islands, five minutes (5.6 km or 3.5 mi) from downtown Tampa, Florida. KTPF prides itself in the many attractions that are within easy reach of this general aviation airport. "To the north you will find the Tampa Convention Center, the Florida Aquarium, Cruise Ship Terminals, St. Petersburg Times Forum, Historic Ybor City, Hyde Park and Channelside. To the west, Tampa's beautiful Bayshore Boulevard and the Gulf Beaches; or just stay on the island and enjoy the unique charm of the Davis Islands' cuisine, shops, dog parks and beaches." On 20 July 2012, KTPF added another, although temporary attraction to its impressive list...

Peter O. Knight Airport

KTPFp06How on earth could an experienced US Air Force crew land a Globemaster at this small general aviation airport instead of MacDill AFB (KMCF)? MacDill's runway is about three times longer than Peter O. Knight's, so the difference should have been pretty obvious. Or not?

There are some mitigating circumstances. Both runways have the same heading: 04/22. And the crew were near the end of a long, 12 hours flight that departed in Rome, Italy and had a mid-air refuel. They were so keen to get to the ground that they didn't get the local airports on approach right: when they were passing Tampa Executive (KVDF), the pilot thought that it was MacDill itself, but his crew insisted that they were over Peter O. Knight. So they were convinced that the next one was MacDill. But it wasn't.

KTPFp04The rest of the story was apparent from the ground. The C-17 touched down, scattering the startled airport crew. The KTPF runway is 3,580 feet long, about a third the size of the runway 4 miles southwest at MacDill, which measures 11,421 ft. About halfway down the runway, the pilot hit the brakes in earnest. The big-footed landing gear left triple streaks of rubber. No one was hurt. The landing strip was unharmed. The Air Force reimbursed Peter O. Knight for about USD 1,000 in expenses, incurred while the airport was closed to other traffic. KTPF was indeed closed for several hours, as Defense staff had to unload the C17. With its cargo on board, it simply would have been impossible to take off from such a small airfield.

KTPFp03The Air Force blamed the incident on crew fatigue and complancy. They were not named, and it is still unclear who did the final leg to KMCF.

Built as a Works Progress Administration project, Peter O. Knight was Tampa's main airport from 1935 to 1945, and is still used by general aviation operators today because of its proximity to the central city. The airport was named for prominent attorney and businessman Peter O. Knight, namesake of Holland & Knight. Although seaplanes aren't quite as popular anymore, the basin is still there at Davis Islands.

The residents of Davis Island where the airport is located have complained about the noise and appearance of the facilities.


Peter O. Knight Airport has two runways:
04/22   3,580ft / 1038m   Asphalt
18/36   2,688ft / 819m   Asphalt
Elevation:   8ft / 2m

Live flight tracking is available from Flightaware.

KTPF charts are available here.

Freeware scenery for FS9 can be found here.

Freeware scenery for FSX can be found here.

Freeware scenery for MSFS 2020 could not be found.

Freeware scenery for P3D v1 through v4 can be found here.

Freeware scenery for P3Dv5 could not be found.

Freeware scenery for X-Plane 9 through 11 can be found here.

Air Force C-17 aircraft lands at the wrong airport (KTPA)


The same C-17 taking off from Peter O. Knight Airport


About the Peter O. Knight Airport


Approach and landing on runway 26 at Peter O. Knight Airport