Tyler Texas Airports and Landing Strip History


The era of aviation in Tyler began after World War I when air corp veteran O.C. Palmer kept a small bi-plane on a grassy hill between South Broadway Avenue and Donnybrook Avenue, near the current site of Bergfeld Square. He took passengers for short flights over the city.

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport

In 1929 the Tyler City Commission selected Palmer to head a committee to develop an airport for Tyler. Subsequently, the city purchased 296 acres on the west side of Dixie drive for the site of the airport. Tyler's airport was dedicated on June 28, 1930 as Tyler Municipal Airport. No terminal building existed at that time. It was renamed Rhodes Field in 1934 in honor of Chamber of Commerce Manager Russell Rhodes.

Terminal building at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, Tyler, TexasTyler Pounds Regional Airport Terminal (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)

During World War II, the Tyler air field was leased from the City of Tyler by the U.S. Army Air Forces as a training base and renamed Pounds Field.

It was named in honor of 2nd Lt. Jack W. Pounds, a pilot instructor from Tyler who died in an air crash in 1942 during the early part of World War II.

When the airport was returned to the city after the end of the war, the name was kept.

Today, Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (airport code TYR) is a state-of-the-art airport providing jet service to cities worldwide via American Airlines connections at the DFW airport.

Read more about Tyler Pounds Regional Airport

 

Stewart Airport

Stewart Airport was begun about 1942 in the east section of Tyler. by Walter E. Stewart. The 113 acre airport was located in the southeast corner of the intersection of East Erwin Street and current-day Loop 323 East.

The map below shows the approximate location of Stewart Airport in relation to the current Tyler street grid. The airport was closed sometime before 1960.

Stewart Airport in Tyler Texas

 

Television station KLTV began broadcasting in 1954, and was originally located on East Erwin Street at Loop 323 in a former hanger at Stewart Airport.

Read more about Stewart Airport in Tyler

 

Other Known Airports and Landing Strips in South Tyler Texas

Older maps of south Tyler show at least three other airport landing strips, as shown in the maps below.

Landing strips located in the south part of Tyler Texas

 

 

Paluxy Drive Airport

One landing strip existed just west of Paluxy Drive, FM 756, between Jeff Davis Drive and Cumberland Road. It is believed the strip was 3,000' in length, with an oiled surface. The abandoned air strip can still be seen today, in 2017. See map below for exact location.

Map of landing strip and airport near Paluxy Drive in Tyler Texas

 

Aerial view of landing strip and airport near Paluxy Drive in Tyler Texas

 

The Airport at Cumberland Park

Another airport landing strip was located on the present-day site of The Village at Cumberland Park, roughly at the northeast corner of U.S. 69 and Toll Loop 49.

The map below shows the location of the air strip before construction of the new shopping center. Today, no remains of the landing strip are visible.

Landing strip and airport at the site of The Village at Cumberland Park in Tyler Texas

 

Airport South of Toll Loop 49 Near Flint and Gresham

A thrid landing strip was located further south, on the west side of U.S. Highway 69, about half-way between FM 2813 and FM 246. The site is located east of the communities of Flint and Gresham.

Airport South of Toll Loop 49 Near Flint and Gresham

 

Emerald Bay Airport Near Teaselville and Tyler

Southwest of Tyler, near Emerald Bay and Teaselvile, was the Emerald Bay Airport. See map below for exact location.

Map of Emerald Bay Airport Near Teaselville and Tyler

 

Aerial view of Emerald Bay Airport Near Teaselville and Tyler


 

Aero Estates Airpark Near Frankston and Tyler

Located 25 miles southwest of Tyler, and 3 miles northeast of Frankson, is Aero Estates Airpark, an active air facility.

Its FAA Identifier is T25. Runway 9/27 has a Bermuda grass surface and is 3,100' x 60'. It is situated close to Blackburn Bay, part of Lake Palestine, between County Road 4117 and Hillside Circle. See map below for exact location.

For detailed information, ,we recommend a visit to the Aero Estates Airpark website.

Map of Aero Estates Airport Near Frankston and Tyler in East Texas

 

Aerial view of Aero Estates Airport Near Frankston and Tyler in East Texas

 

Landing Strip Near Lake Tyler East and Highway 64

Just east of Tyler, another landing strip existed just north of Texas Highway 64, past East Lake Tyler. See map below for exact location.

Map of landing strip and airport near Highway 64 and East Lake Tyler

 

Aerial view of landing strip and airport near Highway 64 and East Lake Tyler

 

Tarrant Field in Mount Selman, Texas

Further south, just west of U.S. 69, is another landing strip, located south of Bullard and 2 miles north of Mount Selman.

Today, this is known as Tarrant Field, FAA Identifier 6X0. Runway 12/30 is 2700 x 30 ft., with a turf surface.

Aerial view of Tarrant Field in Mount Selman, Texas

Other Airports in the Greater Tyler Area

City
Name
Code
Athens Athens Municipal F44
Canton Canton-Hackney 7F5
Gilmer Fox Stephens Field - Gilmer Municipal JXI
Gladewater Gladewater Municipal 07F
Henderson Rusk County RFI
Longview East Texas Regional GGG
Lufkin Angelina County LFK
Marshall Harrison County ASL
Mineola Mineola Wisener Field 3F9
Mineola/Quitman Wood County JDD
Nacogdoches A L Mangham Jr. Regional OCH
Palestine Palestine Municipal PSN
Winnsboro Winnsboro Municipal F51

 

Historic Aviation Memorial Museum (HAMM) in Tyler

For those interested in the history of Tyler aviation, and aviation in general, we recommend a visit to the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum (HAMM). This large, regional aviation museum is located at the Tyler Pounds Airport's old passenger terminal building. read more about HAMM


For more information on Pounds Airport, visit the official airport website provided by the City of Tyler at
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport

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