Martindale Army Air Field
Martindale Army Air Field is a Texas Army National Guard facility in San Antonio southeast of Loop 410 and Interstate 10 on the East Side. In addition to Randolph Air Force Base, a rotary-wing military facility, Martindale Air Field is located near IH 10 East and Ackermann Road. This facility, located within the San Antonio city limits, is zoned Military Reservation. Opportunities for mixed-use development may be possible in the future on a 733-acre tract of land located between Foster Rd. and Martindale Airfield on the south side of IH 10 East. In April 2000, the City of San Antonio annexed 392 acres east of Rosillo Creek to ensure City services and provide for tax-increment financing to provide incentives. Annexation and tax increment financing are tools the city may use to encourage mixed use development.
The Texas Army National Guard flies rotary wing aircraft, training at night (with Night Vision Goggles, NVGs), weekend and weekday flying. Flights may be available on short notice. They may have some loaner head gear. You can expect to log between 1.5-2+ hours a sortie. Prior egress training is not required.
This airfield was built during World War Two as Martindale Auxiliary Army Airfield #4 to serve as one of eight satellite airfields for Randolph AAF (10 miles to the northeast), which was the largest flight training facility in the world at the start of WWII. It was apparently abandoned at an unknown date after the War, and reactivated at an unknown date by the Texas Army National Guard for helicopter operations. It was labeled as an abandoned airfield on the 1983 USGS topo maps, but labeled "Martindale Army Airfield (National Guard)" on the 1992 USGS topo map.
The airfield consists of two paved runways (17/35 & 13/31, each 3,000' long), taxiways, a large ramp area, and several buildings. Only Runway 17/35 is still used as an active runway. The ramp area had been extensively renovated by 2000, with multiple new helicopter pads having been built over the northern portion of the former Runway 13/31.
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