to Booneville, AR. Town center is the intersection of State
Highways 10 and 23. The airport (4M2) is three miles east of
town on highway 10. RV travelers,
click here for information on
the Booneville Municipal RV Park.
Distance calculator to 4M2
plus the AirNav airport listing
Ira Fulton Jones Jr.
January 27, 1927 - May 6, 2014
70 Years an Aviator
The below feature story originally published on
our site in December of 2011. It is with heavy heart that we
present it here in memoriam of Booneville Airport's iconic
aviator and friend Ira. You shall be sorely missed.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .
Up, up the long, delirious burning
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
— John Gillespie Magee, Jr
You Can Go
Home Again - In Style
by Mike Wyrick
Ira Jones bought his first airplane in 1946 at age 18. It was a
Luscombe 8A Silveraire, N1353K, construction number
4080, direct from the factory for the outrageous sum (then and
now) of $2250. A family, a business career, three airplanes, and
65 years later in 2011, he decided he liked the Luscombe so well
he bought another one, for a bit more than the original $2250.
Ira, 85 in January 2012, is the most experienced pilot at
Booneville Municipal Airport (4M2), and is pictured above with
both his “old” 1946 Luscombe 8A, N1353K and his “new” 1946
Luscombe 8A, NC2207K.
Ira started flying in 1943 at the age of 15. Inspired by the
pilots of World War II, he enlisted as a cadet in the Army Air
Corps. He entered the service as a ground crew member but toward
the end of the war, the pilot training programs were closing
down. Since military aviation would apparently not be in his
future, he served as a chief clerk in a finance office in Berlin
until the end of the war.
His son, Rusty, is also a pilot. The Luscombe 8A is an LSA class