Andrau Airpark

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Andrau Airpark
Andrau redevelopment.JPG
IATA: AAPICAO: KAAP
Summary
Airport type General Aviation
Operator Closed
Serves Houston, Texas
Elevation AMSL 80 ft / 24.38 m
Coordinates 29°43′00″N 95°35′00″W / 29.71667°N 95.58333°W / 29.71667; -95.58333
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 4,750 1,447.8 Concrete
11/29 3,000 914.4 Concrete

Andrau Airpark (IATA: AAPICAO: KAAP) was a public use airport located in the Alief community of Houston, Texas, United States, formerly an unincorporated section of Harris County, from the late 1940s through 1998. The airport was southeast of the intersection of Old Westheimer road and Richmond Avenue. The airport closed in 1998 and as of 2008 is the Royal Oaks Country Club subdivision.

Airport History[edit]

The first known photo of the area is from 1953.[1] The 700-acre (280 ha) tract of land that included the airport, which was one of the oldest private airfields in Greater Houston, was owned by descendants of the Andrau family.[2]

The airport served general aviation for west Houston, but a Douglas DC-3 and an A-26C Invader are known to have landed there. The airport had two runways, the longest at 4,750 feet, and a seaplane landing and takeoff pond on the east end of the airpark.[citation needed]

The airport was closed on December 23, 1998 when a Houston real estate firm paid Andrau Airpark Inc., the airport's owners, 53 million dollars for the land.[3] The tract went under contract to the Camden Property Trust. On December 23, 1998 the new owners of the airport shut its operations.[2] The airport was quickly demolished and the Royal Oaks Country Club subdivision and a golf course replaced the field.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrau Airpark (AAP), Alief, TX". Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Cook, Lynn J. "Development plans ground Andrau airport" Houston Business Journal. Sunday December 27, 1998. Retrieved on March 8, 2011.
  3. ^ Bivins, Ralph. "How Camden got 100 west side acres for almost nothing." Houston Chronicle. Sunday May 30, 1999. Business 8. Retrieved on May 8, 2010.

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