Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip
|Cape Canaveral AFS Skid Strip|
|IATA: none – ICAO: KXMR – FAA LID: XMR|
|Operator||United States Air Force|
|Serves||Cape Canaveral Air Force Station|
|Elevation AMSL||10 ft / 3 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Cape Canaveral AFS Skid Strip (ICAO: KXMR) is a military airport at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Cocoa Beach, Florida. It has an asphalt paved runway designated 13/31 and measuring 10,000 by 200 ft (3,048 by 61 m). The facility is owned by the United States Air Force (USAF).
In the 1960s the Douglas C-133 Cargomaster was a frequent visitor, carrying modified Atlas and Titan missiles, used as launch vehicles for manned and unmanned space programs leading to the Apollo Moon landings. The Skid Strip was used by NASA's Pregnant Guppy and Super Guppy transport aircraft carrying the S-IVB upper stage for the Saturn IB and Saturn V rockets used in Project Apollo.
The CCAFS Skid Strip is sometimes confused with the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility, but that runway, specially constructed for the Space Shuttle, is located on Merritt Island at the adjacent John F. Kennedy Space Center.
- FAA Airport Master Record for XMR ( PDF), effective 2007-10-25
- Great Circle Mapper: KXMR — Cocoa Beach, Florida (Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip)
- Lethbridge, Clifford (1998). "Snark Fact Sheet". Spaceline. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- (PDF), effective June 26, 2014
- Resources for this U.S. military airport:
- Airport information for XMR at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
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