Valkaria Airport

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Coordinates: 27°57′39.1″N 080°33′30.0″W / 27.960861°N 80.558333°W / 27.960861; -80.558333

Valkaria Airport
Summary
Airport type Public use
Owner Brevard County
Operator Steve Borowski
Serves Grant-Valkaria, Florida
Location Brevard County, Florida
Elevation AMSL 26 ft / 8 m
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 4,000 1,219 Asphalt
14/32 4,000 1,219 Asphalt
Statistics (2001)
Aircraft operations 14,404
Based aircraft 49

Valkaria Airport (FAA LID: X59) is a public-use airport located 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the central business district of the city of Grant-Valkaria in Brevard County, Florida, United States. The airport is publicly owned.[1]

The airport was originally constructed by the U.S. Navy during World War II as Outlying Field Valkaria (OLF Valkaria), an auxiliary airfield to Naval Air Station Melbourne, now Melbourne International Airport. OLF Valkaria was closed in late 1945 and did not reopen for flight operations until 1959. During the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, the site was used as a Missile Trajectory Measurement (MISTRAM) station by the U.S. Air Force and NASA in support of launch operations at Cape Canaveral AFS and Kennedy Space Center.

In 1959, the United States Department of Defense and the General Services Administration conveyed that part of the Valkaria facility not dedicated to MISTRAM to the county government of Brevard County, Florida for use as a public airport.[2]

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