Named after first World War pilot John Grider, the Grider Field was already a military training facility before the US entered the second World War in 1941. Established 8 months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Grider Field’s role was to train pilots for coastal defence.
When the war ended, the airfield was converted to civilian use, connecting nearby Pine Bluff with the world through a number of commercial airlines.
Pine Bluff itself is the tenth-largest city in the state, with a population of approximately 41,000 in 2020. The abundant farmland and timber forests propelled the economy during the 20th Century. Manufacturing and high-tech sectors have also grown, thanks to recent government incentives.
Nearby recreation and tourism attractions also bring visitors each year. There are numerous natural and historical trails, part of the Arkansas Heritage Trails system. Recreational fishing has always been popular, and bird-watching is exceptional along the 350-mile long Bayou Bartholomew.
The jet charter airport at Grider Field is perfect for executive travelers doing business in Arkansas. Only 50 minutes by highway to Little Rock, Grider Field FBO boasts lower aviation fuel prices, a variety of hangar and mechanical services, meeting rooms and free wi-fi for charter passengers.