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Melbourne Airport



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Location: North of NASA Boulevard, Melbourne
County: Brevard
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Waymark: None
 



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Melbourne´s first airport was six miles west of the community on the Kissimmee Highway (U.S. 192) - West of where I-95 now crosses U.S. 192. The Airport was a cleared field on the prairie with lime circle markings to indicate an airfield. The year was 1928. Melbourne´s airport was an emergency field for the U.S. Mail planes, but not a regular stop.

The first airways beacon was erected at the airport in the winter of 1929-30 and later moved to a point near the eastern edge of this airport and replaced with the standard airport beacon in 1974. The prairie airport was often under water and considered too far from town. In 1933 the present airport site was selected as Melbourne´s Airport of the future.

In 1941 the U.S. Navy selected this site as the location of the Naval Air Station, Melbourne, Florida. The Naval Air Station was developed and used as an operational training base for fighter pilots. Following the War the Naval Air Station with all of the improvements, buildings and equipment was transferred to the City of Melbourne under the Surplus Property Act of 1944.

The Airport developed slowly until Eastern Air Lines began scheduled air service on January 31, 1953. National Airlines provided scheduled service from 1959 to 1979. The Airport is recognized today as one of the finest small hub airports in the country and provides aviation services to Brevard and Indian River Counties.

Sponsored by: City of Melbourne Airport Authority