The Tullahoma Municipal Airport plays a vital role in the economic growth of Tullahoma and the surrounding region. Located less than a mile from restaurants, lodging and shopping, it operates on an airport originally constructed for the U. S. Army Air Corps.
The Airport completed a $4.3 million paving project that significantly enhanced the Airport’s ability to support a wide variety of business and recreational opportunities. The 5,500 foot long runway is capable of handling all types of corporate jet aircraft. The Airport also offers an additional 4,200 foot paved runway and a 2,700 foot long grass runway. A variety of VOR, GPS, NDB and SDF instrument approaches are published for both paved runways and offer the lowest GPS approach ceiling and visibility minimums in this part of Tennessee. Jet-A fuel and AVGAS truck services are available.
The City-owned Airport contains 775 acres of land and has a 100 acre Select Tennessee site ready for development on the northwest corner of the airport. Water, sewer service and fiber are available. This space is open to both airfield access required and non-airfield access required business development. Ground lease agreements up to a maximum of 40 years are available.
With twenty three new private hangars, the Airport is home to over 140 based aircraft. The Airport averages about 40,000 flight operations each year and features a new, modern and spacious terminal building.
Airport traffic doubles every June during the Bonnaroo Music Festival in nearby Manchester as 80,000 rock stars, music promoters, and fans descend on the area for the week. Celebrities such as Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Steve Martin, Sting, Jimmy Buffet and others routinely stage at the Tullahoma airport for this event. The Airport has hosted three “world class” Air Shows sponsored by nearby Arnold Air Force Base. The Florida-based Goodyear Blimp makes overnight stopovers in Tullahoma, taking advantage of the large open areas for landing and mooring.
The Airport is home to the “world class” Beechcraft Heritage Museum complex that houses over 30 vintage, fully restored Beechcraft-built Staggerwing, Twin Beech and Bonanza aircraft, and is open to the public (see their website at www.beechcraftheritagemuseum.org for hours of operation). The Museum hosts an annual convention in October of each year, which attracts 75-100 aircraft and 300+ attendees, and includes a lot of flying activities by vintage as well as modern aircraft. In 2011, the Beechcraft Bonanza Society began hosting their annual spring fly-in at the Museum.
The University of Tennessee Space Institute’s Flight Research Center is based on the Airport, conducting advanced aerospace research and offering an advanced test pilot curriculum. The Airport is also home to one of Vanderbilt University’s Life Flight helicopter medical evacuation facilities, providing 24/7 rapid patient transport response to the numerous medical centers in Nashville as well as Tennova Healthcare-Harton in Tullahoma.
- Latitude – N35.22.53
- Longitude – W86.14.28
- Elevation – 1082 feet
- Runway 18/36 – 4,200 x 100 feet
- Runway 6/24 – 5,500 x 100 feet
- Surface: Asphalt / Concrete
- Runway 9/27 Turf – 2,732 x 90 feet
- Fuel: Jet-A and 100LL AVGAS
- Beneficial use by local industries county-wide
- Average 30 Corporate aircraft per month
- Fixed base operations provided by the Airport Authority
- Independent mechanics available
Airport Manager – Jon Glass
Phone: 931-455-3884 (o), 931-581-5111 (c)