Backfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3199 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.
LoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4028 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3155 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.
KAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1976 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3152 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.
Jsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2330 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3126 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.