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. During World War II, B-24 and B-25 bombers were based at the Airport. The Airfield was named in honor of Lieutenant William Northern who was the first Tennessee-born aviator to die in the War.
The Airport has completed over $12 million dollars in improvement projects 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 along with 2,700 foot and 2,100-foot turf runways. GPS 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.
The Airport is home to over 140 based aircraft. The Airport averages about 30,000 flight operations each year and features a new, modern, and spacious terminal building. AOPA selected the Airport for Regional Fly-Ins in 2015 and 2019 with 600 aircraft attending each event. The Airport has hosted three "world-class" Airshows sponsored by nearby Arnold Air Force Base. The Base operates more than 68 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket, and turbine engine test cells, and space environmental chambers. Many of the complex's test units have capabilities unmatched elsewhere in the USA; some are unique in the world.
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, Elton John, Sting, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Metallica, Jimmy Buffet, and others routinely stage at the Tullahoma Airport for this event. The "world-famous" Jack Daniels Distillery is located 12 miles from the Airport where they offer daily tours as does the George Dickel Distillery which is only 5 miles from the airport front door.
Beechcraft Heritage Museum
The Airport is home to the "world-class" Beechcraft Heritage Museum complex that houses over 38 fully restored aircraft and is open to the public. The Museum hosts an annual convention in October of each year, which attracts 150 plus aircraft 400 plus attendees, and includes a lot of flying activities by vintage as well as modern aircraft. Visit the Museum's website for more information and operating hours.
Vanderbilt University - LifeFlight
The Airport is also home to one of Vanderbilt University's LifeFlight helicopter medical evacuation facilities, providing 24/7 rapid patient transport response to the numerous medical centers in Nashville as well as Vanderbilt-Harton hospital in Tullahoma.
XP Services Inc.
XP Services Inc. facilities are also located at the airport. XP Services conducts flight tests services, modifications, consultations, and certifications for a multitude of rotor-wing and fixed-wing aircraft platforms. In addition, XP Services operates an FAA certified 145 Avionics Repair Station installing and repairing avionic equipment in various civilian and government aircraft. For more information on XP Services visit their website.
View the Tullahoma Airport Authority page to learn more about the board that helps govern the Airport.
- Latitude- N35.22.53
- Longitude- W86.14.28
- Elevation - 1,082 feet
- Runway 6/24- 5,500 by 100 feet (Concrete/Asphalt)
- Runway 18/36- 4,200 by 100 feet (Concrete/Asphalt)
- Runway 9/27- 3,140 by 100 feet (Turf)
- Runway 18/36 - 2,100 by 100 feet (Turf)
- Fuel - Jet A and 100LL Avgas
- Fixed base operations provided by the Tullahoma Airport Authority
- Independent mechanics available