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 in 1942 for the U. S. Army Air Corps.
The Airport completed a $4.3 million paving project in 2008 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 truck services are available and AVGAS fuel truck services will be available in early 2012.
The City-owned Airport contains 775 acres of land and has approximately 170 acres ready for development on the northwest corner of the airport. Water and sewer service will be installed in 2012 along with the first tenant hangar. 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.
Nineteen new private hangars were completed in 2008, four more in 2010 and the Airport is home to over 140 based aircraft. The Airport averages about 40,000 flight operations each year and opened a new, modern and spacious terminal building in 2010.
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 Steve Martin, Sting and Jimmy Buffet 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, and hosts the annual 4th of July Fireworks Display and Air Show. 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 Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma. A recent addition to the Airport is the Momentum Foundation, which conducts flight tests of specialized equipment for military and civilian law enforcement agencies. Momentum plans to add an additional four hangars in the NW section of the Airport, with the first hangar to begin construction in 2012.
- 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)