Robert Mueller Municipal Airport
|Robert Mueller Municipal Airport|
|Former airport entrance|
|Airport type||Public, Defunct|
|Operator||City of Austin|
|Serves||Greater Austin Area|
|Location||Austin, Texas, U.S.|
|Elevation AMSL||632 ft / 193 m|
|Source: Passengers from The Daily Texan|
Robert Mueller Municipal Airport (// MILL-ər) served the Austin, Texas, United States, area until it was replaced by the Austin Bergstrom International Airport and later closed in 1999. Whether the aging Mueller should be relocated to Manor, Texas, was a perennial issue in Austin politics, until the closure of Bergstrom Air Force Base opened another possibility.
The April 1957 OAG shows 33 weekday airline departures: 15 Braniff, 10 Trans-Texas and 8 Continental. No nonstops flew beyond San Antonio, San Angelo, Dallas and Houston. The first scheduled nonstop beyond Texas was a Braniff 727 to Washington Dulles in 1968; that flight lasted until 1980. It was the only nonstop out of the state until Braniff tried a Chicago nonstop in 1978.
The 711-acre (288 ha) area that once housed the airport sat dormant for more than half a decade until the city finally approved a development plan. The new Mueller Community broke ground in 2007 and is expected to take at least ten years to be fully developed.
For a number of years, the Texas Army National Guard had facilities there.