Redstone Army Airfield

Redstone Army Airfield

Infobox Airport
name = Redstone Army Airfield (AAF)

type = Military
operator = United States Army
city-served = Redstone Arsenal
location = Huntsville, Alabama
elevation-f = 685
elevation-m = 209
website = []
r1-number = 17/35
r1-length-f = 7,300
r1-length-m = 2,225
r1-surface = Asphalt
footnotes = Sources: FAAFAA-airport|ID=HUA|use=PR|own=MR|site=00492.5*A, retrieved 2007-03-15] , official site [ [ Redstone Arsenal] (official site)]

Redstone Army Airfield or Redstone AAF Airport codes|HUA|KHUA|HUA is a military airport located at Redstone Arsenal, six miles (10 km) southwest of the city of Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama, USA. The Airfield was originally constructed for munitions testing through the 6th AAF Base Unit (Proving Ground Detachment). It is currently used to support the Missile Command, NASA, and the Flying Activity.


In 1943, the airstrip on Huntsville Arsenal was established, to assist with the testing of incendiary bomb clusters. The testing was done during the height of World War II, and after the allied victory, was promptly stopped. The Airfield was largely vacated, though it did continue to serve as a landing strip.cite web |url = |title = Redstone Army Airfield Chronology |accessdate = 2008-06-28 | publisher=Redstone Arsenal]

On April 12, 1956, the city of Huntsville approached the commander of the airfield to talk about a new federal airway. It was decided that a control tower would be established at RAAF, and it would serve as the control tower for Military and Commercial flights until a new Huntsville Airport was built. After the establishment of the control tower, the control tower of Memphis, Tennessee agreed to handle air traffic for Huntsville through the Redstone Control Tower. This schedule was held 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, until 1969 when it was changed to its current schedule of 13 hours a day and 5 days a week.

ee also

*Redstone Arsenal


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