Terre Haute International Airport
|Terre Haute International Airport
|FAA airport diagram|
|IATA: HUF – ICAO: KHUF – FAA LID: HUF|
|Owner||Terre Haute International Airport Authority|
|Serves||Terre Haute, Indiana|
|Elevation AMSL||589 ft / 180 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Terre Haute International Airport (IATA: HUF, ICAO: KHUF, FAA LID: HUF) is a joint civil-military public airport located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) east of the central business district of Terre Haute, a city in Vigo County, Indiana, United States. It is included in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.
Since 2002, Hulman Field has been host to the Terre Haute Air Fair. Distinguished performers at the fair have included the USAF Thunderbirds, the Red Baron Pizza Squadron, and Michael Hunter, the world's only insulin-dependent aerobatics pilot. The Air Fair is run almost entirely by volunteers, but also by community and school organizations looking for fundraising opportunities.
Originally called Hulman Field, the airport dates back to 1943 when ground was broken on a 638-acre (2.58 km2) site donated to the city of Terre Haute by businessman Anton "Tony" Hulman, Jr. The airport was dedicated on October 3, 1944 and consisted of three runways, taxiways, apron area, and a terminal building. In 1953, a new terminal building and control tower was completed and the apron area expanded. Since 1954, the 181st Intelligence Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard has been stationed at the airport.
In 1976, the city of Terre Haute and Vigo County jointly formed an authority to manage the airport. The Terre Haute International Airport Authority has six members, with three members appointed by the Mayor of Terre Haute and three members appointed by the Vigo County Commissioners. The terminal building was expanded in 1977 and 1981. In 1998, the Airport's name was changed from Hulman Regional Airport to Terre Haute International Airport - Hulman Field, primarily due to U.S Postal Service contractor Evergreen Airlines utilizing the airport as a hub which has since closed.
Airlines and destinations
Terre Haute had scheduled airline service from Trans World Airlines from 1944 to 1965. Lake Central Airlines offered service from 1965 until its merger with Allegheny Airlines. Britt Airways took over service from Allegheny in 1973 and operated there until the late 1980's. Britt was based in Terre Haute until its sale in 1985. Great Lakes Aviation operating for United Express flew from Terre Haute to Chicago from 1995 to 1999.
There are currently no commercial airlines offering service to Terre Haute. Branson Air Express announced service in February 2010, but later canceled plans to do so citing weak demand.
Air National Guard
The airport is currently home to the 181st Intelligence Wing (181 IW) of the Indiana Air National Guard. As an Air National Guard unit, it is operationally gained by the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency (AFISRA).
The unit previously served in World War II, flying anti-submarine patrol along the East Coast of the United States and the Gulf of Mexico. It was also activated for the Korean War and the Berlin Crisis of 1961. In 1962, it was established as a fighter unit, the 181st Tactical Fighter Group (181 TFG), operationally-gained by the Tactical Air Command (TAC). Initially equipped with the RF-84F Thunderstreak, the unit transitioned to the F-84F Thunderstreak in 1964, the F-100D/F Super Sabre in 1971, the F-4 Phantom II in 1979 and the F-16 Fighting Falcon in 1991. Known as the Racers, the then-181 TFG participated in the first Gulf War from 1990 to 1991. With the disestablishment of TAC in 1992, the unit was redesignated the 181st Fighter Group (181 FG) and operationally-gained by the Air Combat Command (ACC). In 1995, it was redesignated as the 181st Fighter Wing (181 FW) and deployed to Kuwait on two separate occasions in support of Operation Southern Watch.
On 11 Sep 2001, the 181 FW flew combat air patrols over the Midwestern United States less than four hours after the attacks on New York City and Washington, DC. The wing drastically increased its operations tempo, deployed members and equipment to 19 countries, and simultaneously supported seven different military operations, including Operation Southern Watch, Operation Northern Watch, Operation Joint Forge, Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Deep Freeze, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2005, concurrent with an Air Force initiative to phase out F-16C/D aircraft Block 30 and older, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission mandated the end of flying operations for the 181 FW. On 8 September 2007, the wing's F-16C Block 30s flew their last training mission out of Terre Haute Field International Airport/Hulman Field Air National Guard Base. The wing's squadrons were redesignated as a Distributive Ground Station (DGS) and an Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) and on 3 May 2008 the 181st Fighter Wing was re-designated as the 181st Intelligence Wing (181 IW).
- Runway 5/23: 9,020 x 150 ft (2,749 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
- Runway 14/32: 7,200 x 150 ft (2,195 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt/Concrete
- Runway 18/36: 4,001 x 150 ft (1,220 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt/Concrete
Indiana State University currently uses Hulman Field for its aviation program. The USAF uses Hulman Field for worldwide command and control of remote control surveillance aircraft. Hulman Field can also support the
F-16 and larger military aircraft on an “as needed” basis.”
- FAA Airport Master Record for HUF ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration.
- National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015: Appendix A (PDF, 2.03 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. Updated 4 October 2010.
- Airport History, Terre Haute International Airport, Retrieved 2013-11-12
- "Branson Airport Says Dropping Service to Terre Haute Was a Must". AirportBusiness.com. January 12, 2011.
- Terre Haute International Airport, official site
- Aerial image as of 6 April 1998 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective December 12, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for HUF, effective December 12, 2013
- Resources for this airport: