I remember one visit there in the late 1980s - I was at a FBO on the other side of the field from the passenger terminal, and I looked over to see an American DC-10-10 coming in on final.
I was just sure it had to be an emergency landing or divert, even though it was a bright, clear day.
That baby came down on the piano keys, and roared into full reverse. It barely stopped at the end of the runway, and he had to turn that thing around in a 180 right there on the end of the runway to taxi back to a taxiway.
I learned later that AA
had two DC-10-10 flights a day (at the time) to Mueller - one in the morning and one in the late afternoon - and that the book value on runway length was just a few hundred feet longer than the minimum necessary to set one of those beasts down.
I'm sure that my memory has shortened the runway and lengthened the stopping distance for a ten ten, but it was a sight to see.
Mueller was an old airport, but not in the grand tradition that Chicago Midway was - it (the terminal) wasn't really designed for props, nor for the volume of traffic that accompanied deregulation. There was one primary airside that ran out into the field - gates on each side, and narrow.
My sister flew down from New York once for a conference, right before the new airport opened at Bergstrom - she was shocked that a state capital in a [then] rich state would have such a crappy looking airport. Of course, it belongs to the City, not the State of Texas.
It was closer in, but not even really convenient to get to; all secondary roads, and traffic all the time.
The new Austin/Bergstrom airport is gorgeous - the spaces inside are great, lots of room at the gates, and the whole thing feels peaceful AND has a Texas flair that Mueller just didn't have.
Last I had heard, there was talk among city council (in Austin) about re-zoning Mueller into residential, and having new construction there - most of the new construction is far north, south and west of the city.