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Unknown Dallas-area airport (Edit: It's NAS Dallas)

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:31 am
by N328KF
I was flying into DFW this past week, and saw this airport on the ground. I have been unable to precisely locate it, but I noticed that many cars are parked on one of the runways. I know that Volkswagen has been doing that at some airports.

Any idea which this is?

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Re: Unknown Dallas-area airport

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:35 am
by EChid
It's a National Guard Airbase, by the name of Hensley Field by the looks of it: https://goo.gl/maps/n6LWTsSfySw

Re: Unknown Dallas-area airport

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:36 am
by alasizon
That is the old NAS Dallas (Grand Prairie Armed Forces Reserve Complex now) aka Hensley Field. It was decommissioned in the late 90s/early 00s.

Re: Unknown Dallas-area airport

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:38 am
by EChid
Backstory: The cars that you saw are mostly old police cars, stored there by the city. https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/comm ... sley-field

Re: Unknown Dallas-area airport (Edit: It's NAS Dallas)

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:04 am
by ish2dachoppa
I flew out of there from 1996-2007 when I was working full time with the reserve CH-47 unit. There were still F-14s, F-18, C-130s, UH-60s, CH-47s, and DC-9s flying out of the base back then. There were times a lot of brand new vehicles destined for municipalities around the metroplex were in open storage on various ramps. There was also a police driving school there, we would always hear the sirens on the other side of the base. Also, the GM plant in Arlington was also storing vehicles there back in the mid 00's on the ramp next to the Vought-Northrop-Grumman factory side of the base.

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Re: Unknown Dallas-area airport (Edit: It's NAS Dallas)

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:30 am
by EChid
Very cool backstory, thanks ish2dachoppa!

Re: Unknown Dallas-area airport (Edit: It's NAS Dallas)

Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 8:59 pm
by Sooner787
Burned up many rolls of Kodachrome back in the late 80's early 90's shooting
the Tomcats out there at NASA Dallas. IIRC, the base was closed around '94
and the Navy & Marine squadrons moved west to NAS Ft Worth JRB ( aka Carswell AFB ) :)