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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2632 times:

Just a quick question here. Was Robert Mueller Airport named after the currect director of the FBI?


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User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2621 times:

No, I don't believe it was.

I understand that the airport was named after a City of Austin council representative who died while still in office.

Mueller Airport was closed in May 1999 and replaced by Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. This airport (originally a US military base) was named after Capt John A.E. Bergstrom, a reservist killed in the attack on Pearl Harbour and the first person from Austin to be killed in the Second World War.

In short, I suspect that the Mueller name is coincidental. I'm not even sure whether the current FBI director has much connection with Austin, or even Texas.


User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

Is this airport on the approach path to Bergstrom? I happened to fly by an unmarked airfield in FS2002 while making a turn to align with 17R.

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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2605 times:

Thank you for the replies. Mueller is located north of the airport close to downtown, although from what I understand, it is completely closed.


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User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2606 times:

Ahh, so I must have passed Mueller then!

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User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3811 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2577 times:

Backfire is correct. This is an excerpt from an article in the Austin Chronicle about the naming of Austin's landmarks:

Robert Mueller, one of four Mueller brothers who each left their mark on 20th-century Austin, was a City Council member (or, back then, a city commissioner) for only a few months in 1926.

Mueller died in office after falling gravely ill while debating the city budget -- of "blood poisoning brought on by hay fever": Allergy sufferers take note. Friends and colleagues, sobered by the knowledge (now sadly forgotten) that long City Council meetings could indeed be fatal, wanted to commemorate his sacrifice. Three years later, they had their chance when Austin's tiny airport opened on the northeast edge of town.

The article goes on to note that Bergstrom Air Force Base, (Now Austin Bergstrom International Airport) was named for John August Earl Bergstrom, who was the first Austinite killed in World War II, which led to the old Del Valle Army Air Field being rechristened in his honor.

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User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1958 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

Yes, if you're on approach to 17L or R you'll likely fly almost directly over Mueller. Mueller is still more visible in the distance during the day than bergstrom due to the configuration of the runways, but it's being slowly dismantled and is definitely 100% closed.

User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2026 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2548 times:

I landed on 17L at Bergstrom back in August and Mueller was visible to the right as we came in to land. The control tower (which was very swoopy-looking and 1960s modern) was still standing, but the concourse pier had been demolished. The runways were still intact... although it's interesting that after three years of non-use, the tire marks in each touchdown zone were almost completely faded away.

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