|2006 USGS Photo|
|IATA: UVA – ICAO: KUVA – FAA LID: UVA|
|Owner||City of Uvalde|
|Elevation AMSL||942 ft / 287 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Garner Field (IATA: UVA, ICAO: KUVA, FAA LID: UVA) is a city-owned public-use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) east of the central business district of Uvalde, a city in Uvalde County, Texas, United States. The facility is named for John Nance Garner, 32nd Vice President of the United States.
Opened in October 1941 with three 6,000 hard surfaced runways, (00/18; 04/27; 15/33). Began training United States Army Air Corps flying cadets under contract to Hangar Six Corp with 305th Fling Training Detachment (Contract Pilot School). Assigned to Gulf Coast Training Center (later Central Flying Training Command) as a primary (level 1) pilot training airfield. Hangar Six, Inc. conducted pilot training. Airfield had four local auxiliary airfields for emergency and overflow landings. Flying training was performed with Fairchild PT-19s as the primary trainer. Also had several PT-17 Stearmans and a few P-40 Warhawks assigned.
Inactivated on 30 June 1945 with the drawdown of AAFTC's pilot training program. Declared surplus and turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers on 30 September 1945. Eventually discharged to the War Assets Administration (WAA) and became a civil airport. Very little of the wartime airfield still exists, as most of the airfield has been rebuilt as Southwest Texas Junior College.
Facilities and aircraft
Garner Field covers an area of 356 acres (144.1 ha) at an elevation of 942 feet (287 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 15/33 with a 5,255 by 100 ft (1,602 x 30 m) asphalt pavement. For the 12-month period ending April 7, 2005, the airport had 12,565 aircraft operations, an average of 34 per day: 96% general aviation, 2% air taxi and 2% military. At that time there were 48 aircraft based at this airport: 63% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, 13% jet, 8% helicopter and 8% glider.
- Other sources
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
- Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
- Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942-2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
- FAA Terminal Procedures for UVA, effective November 14, 2013
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