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KI Sawyer AFB
Marquette County, Michigan


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Statistics & Facts

The Michigan state capital is Lansing.
The population of KI Sawyer AFB is approximately 1,663 (2007).
The approximate number of families is 1,659 (2000).
The amount of land area in KI Sawyer AFB is 21.8 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in KI Sawyer AFB is 8.4 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.1 sq kilometers.
The distance from KI Sawyer AFB to Washington DC is 750 miles.
The distance to the Michigan state capital is 289 miles. (as the crow flies)
KI Sawyer AFB is positioned 46.34 degrees north of the equator and 87.38 degrees west of the prime meridian.
KI Sawyer AFB elevation is 1,190 feet above sea level.
KI Sawyer AFB per capita income is $ 11,379 (2008).
KI Sawyer AFB median income is $ 28,160 (2008).


in the center of the upper peninsula of Michigan. Lake Superior is about fifteen miles north of the base. Nearby communities include Gwinn, Harvey, Palmer, Marquette, Trowbridge Park, Negaunee, Ishpeming and West Ishpeming.
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History & History Related Items

K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base is a decommissioned Air Force base that was closed in 1995. Sawyer International Airport, the county airport, utilizes a portion of the former base. It was named for Kenneth Ingalls Sawyer, a local county commissioner at the time. He was the one who proposed an airport for the area.

The airport was built first in 1944 and was eventually leased to the Air Force in 1955. At first, the airport was shared by the county and the Air Force, but on 8 May 1959, the K.I. Sawyer AFB was officially opened for exclusive military use. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommended the base for closure in 1993 and it officially closed in September 1995. The Sawyer International Airport opened to passenger service in September 1999.

Some local residents have been interested in preserving the historical aspects of the former base and are collecting artifacts and various types of aircraft used here for their "Sawyer 6" project. During its time of operation, the AFB was home to many commands and major units, some of which were: Air Defense Command, Strategic Air Command and the Air Combat Command.

Here is a history page for the AFB. Here is another remembrance page written by a former resident.

Mike's K.I. Sawyer Air Force Tribute.
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K.I. Sawyer Heritage Air Museum

Sawyer International Airport
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KI Sawyer AFB City Government

K.I. Sawyer AFB is considered a Census Designated Place (CDP) and is governed by the county. KI Sawyer AFB


The population of K.I. Sawyer AFB was:
1990 - 6,577
2000 - 1,443
2007 - 1,663

The number of housing units was:
1990 - 1,805 2000 - 1,659

Median age:
2000 - 25 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 26,500
2008 - $ 28,160

Per capita income:
2000 - $ 10,029
2008 - $ 11,379

K.I. Sawyer AFB is located in the eastern time zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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