jhooper
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Austin Robert Mueller Airport

Fri Oct 04, 2002 3:43 pm

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

Fri Oct 04, 2002 4:22 pm

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.
 
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RE: Austin Robert Mueller Airport

Fri Oct 04, 2002 4:34 pm

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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RE: Austin Robert Mueller Airport

Fri Oct 04, 2002 5:53 pm

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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RE: Austin Robert Mueller Airport

Fri Oct 04, 2002 5:54 pm

Ahh, so I must have passed Mueller then!

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LoneStarMike
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RE: Austin Robert Mueller Airport

Sat Oct 05, 2002 2:27 am

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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RE: Austin Robert Mueller Airport

Sat Oct 05, 2002 2:33 am

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.
 
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RE: Austin Robert Mueller Airport

Sat Oct 05, 2002 5:13 am

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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