Redstone Army Airfield

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Coordinates: 34°40′43″N 086°41′05″W / 34.67861°N 86.68472°W / 34.67861; -86.68472

Redstone Army Airfield (AAF)
Redstone Army Airfield as seen today.jpg
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorUnited States Army
ServesRedstone Arsenal
LocationMadison County, near Huntsville, Alabama
Elevation AMSL685 ft / 209 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 7,297 2,224 Asphalt
Sources: FAA,[1] official site[2]

Redstone Army Airfield or Redstone AAF (IATA: HUA, ICAO: KHUA, FAA LID: HUA) is a military airport located at Redstone Arsenal, six miles (10 km) southwest of the city of Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama, United States. The airfield was originally constructed for munitions testing for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Air Forces through the 6th AAF Base Unit (Proving Ground Detachment). It is currently used to support the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, NASA, and other U.S. government aviation and space activities.


In 1943, the airstrip on Huntsville Arsenal was established to assist with the testing of incendiary bomb clusters. The testing was done during the height of World War II and, after the allied victory, was promptly stopped. The airfield was largely vacated, though it continued to serve as a military landing strip.[3]

On April 12, 1956, the city of Huntsville approached the commander of the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency to talk about a new federal airway. It was decided that a control tower would be established at Redstone AAF and it would serve as the control tower for military and commercial flights until a new Huntsville Airport was built. After the establishment of the control tower, the control tower of Memphis, Tennessee agreed to handle air traffic for Huntsville through the Redstone Control Tower. The airstrip operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week from July 1956 until November 1969, when it was changed to its current schedule of 13 hours a day, five days a week.[3]

US Army aircraft at Redstone Army Airfield in the 1950s.

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  1. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for HUA (Form 5010 PDF), retrieved 2007-03-15
  2. ^ Redstone Arsenal Archived 2006-06-02 at the Wayback Machine (official site)
  3. ^ a b "Redstone Army Airfield Chronology". Redstone Arsenal. Archived from the original on 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2008-06-28.

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