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Pueblo Army Air Base

Pueblo Memorial Airport
Pueblo Army Air Base
USGS 2006 orthophoto
Airport type Public
Owner City of Pueblo
Serves Pueblo, Colorado
Elevation AMSL 4,729 ft / 1,441 m
Coordinates 38°17′21″N 104°29′47″W / 38.28917°N 104.49639°W / 38.28917; -104.49639Coordinates: 38°17′21″N 104°29′47″W / 38.28917°N 104.49639°W / 38.28917; -104.49639

Location of airport in Colorado
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8R/26L 10,498 3,200 Asphalt
8L/26R 4,690 1,430 Asphalt
17/35 8,310 2,533 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 182,119
Based aircraft 120
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Pueblo Memorial Airport (IATA: PUBICAO: KPUBFAA LID: PUB) is a city owned, public use airport located five nautical miles (6 mi, 9 km) east of the central business district of Pueblo, a city in Pueblo County, Colorado, United States.[1] It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline. Service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 4,345 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[2] 5,192 enplanements in 2009, and 11,641 in 2010.[3] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport based on enplanements in 2008/2009 (between 2,500 and 10,000 per year).[4]

The Pueblo Airport is also a popular starting point for the growing population of cyclists in the city.


First constructed in 1941 as the Pueblo Army Air Base, it was used as an advanced flying school to train B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator four engine heavy bomber crews. It was under the command of the United States Army Air Forces Second Air Force 360th Army Air Force Base Unit. Known bomb groups which trained or based at Pueblo were:

  • 94th Bombardment Group (B-17) January - April 1943
  • 302d Bombardment Group (B-24) 30 September 1942 - 1 December 1942
  • 351st Bombardment Group (B-17) 1 March - 12 April 1943
  • 381st Bombardment Group (B-17) 5 April - 9 May 1943
  • 400th Bombardment Group (B-17) 2 May - 31 July 1943
  • 466th Bombardment Group (B-29) 25 July - 15 August 1945
  • 469th Bombardment Group (B-24) 1–7 May 1943
  • 471st Bombardment Group (B-24) 7 May 1943 - 28 January 1944

The history of the Air Base is preserved with the Pueblo Historical Aircraft Society and its Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum.[5]

In 1948, it was handed over to the City of Pueblo for commercial and public use. In the 1960s the main east-west runway (8/26) was extended from 6,000' to 10,000' to accommodate jet aircraft.

Today, Pueblo Memorial Airport is home of the United States Air Force Initial Flight Screening (IFS) program, which began operations on October 1, 2006. Doss Aviation, under contract with the USAF conducts flight screening for between 1300 and 1700 USAF trainees annually.[6]

Facilities and aircraft

Pueblo Memorial Airport covers an area of 3,872 acres (1,567 ha) at an elevation of 4,729 feet (1,441 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways:[1][7]

  • Runway 8R/26L is 10,498 by 150 feet (3,200 x 46 m), the primary commercial service runway.
  • Runway 17/35 is 8,310 by 150 feet (2,533 x 46 m), a crosswind runway.
  • Runway 8L/26R is 4,690 by 75 feet (1,148 x 23 m), for use by small aircraft.

Runways 8R/26L and 17/35 are constructed of asphalt with a porous friction course overlay to improve surface drainage and increase aircraft braking action. Runway 8L/26R has a 3-4 inch asphalt overlay on 7 inches (180 mm) of Portland cement concrete.[7]

For the 12-month period ending January 1, 2011, the airport had 182,119 aircraft operations, an average of 498 per day: 95% general aviation, 3% air taxi, <1% scheduled commercial, and 2% military. At that time there were 120 aircraft based at this airport: 84% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, 6% jet, and 1% glider.[1]

Airline and destination

The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Great Lakes Airlines Clovis, Denver

Historically, three airlines operated scheduled passenger jet service from the airport in the past. The original Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) flew Boeing 727-200 and 737-200 jetliners to Denver, Trans World Airlines (TWA) operated Boeing 727-200 flights to St. Louis and America West Airlines flew Boeing 737-200 aircraft to Phoenix. A number of these jet flights made an intermediate stop at the Colorado Springs Airport while en route to their primary destinations. According to Official Airline Guide (OAG) flight schedules, America West and TWA were both operating jet service from Pueblo at the same time during the late 1980s.

Prior to commencing jet service, the original Frontier Airlines operated nonstop and direct flights to Denver and Santa Fe, NM with Convair 580 turboprop aircraft and also flew direct services to Albuquerque, Phoenix, Tucson and other destinations in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Central Airlines operated from the airport as well flying Convair 600 turboprop service nonstop to Denver and Amarillo and also direct to Kansas City and other destinations in Kansas.[8] The original Frontier Airlines acquired Central in October of 1967. In addition, Continental Airlines served Pueblo in the early 1960s with Vickers Viscount four engine turboprop airliner flights to Denver, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and El Paso. In later years, Rocky Mountain Airways provided nonstop and direct service to Denver with de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter and DHC-7 Dash 7 turboprop aircraft.

Currently, Great Lakes Airlines is the only air carrier to serve Pueblo with scheduled passenger air service. This regional airline operates Beechcraft 1900D turboprop aircraft configured with 19 passenger seats from the airport.

See also


Other sources

  • Essential Air Service documents (U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2004-7-10 (July 15, 2004): selects Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service with 19-passenger B1900D aircraft at Alamosa and Cortez, Colorado, for two years for annual subsidy rates of $1,083,538 and $853,587, respectively, and Mesa Air Group, Inc., d/b/a Air Midwest to provide essential air service with 19-passenger B1900D aircraft at Pueblo, Colorado, for two years at a subsidy rate of $618,621 annually. Also authorizes Great Lakes Aviation to reduce its current Pueblo service to two round trips each weekday and each weekend, and set a final subsidy rate of $687,616 on an annual basis for that service until Air Midwest inaugurates its service at Pueblo.
    • Order 2005-11-26 (November 22, 2005): selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service with 19-passenger B1900D aircraft at Pueblo, Colorado, for two years at a subsidy rate of $780,997 annually.
    • Order 2007-11-10 (November 15, 2007: selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Pueblo, Colorado, at an annual subsidy rate of $1,057,128, for two years, beginning February 1, 2008.
    • Order 2009-11-15 (November 23, 2009): selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to continue to provide essential air service (EAS) at Pueblo, Colorado, at an annual subsidy rate of $1,299,821, for the two-year period from February 1, 2010, through January 31, 2012.
    • Order 2011-12-4 (December 13, 2011): re-selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to continue to provide essential air service (EAS) at Pueblo, Colorado, at an annual subsidy rate of $1,592,276, for the two-year period from February 1, 2012, through January 31, 2014.

External links

  • Pueblo Memorial Airport at City of Pueblo website
  • Colorado DOT website
  • The National Map
  • PDF), effective July 24, 2014
  • FAA Terminal Procedures for PUB, effective July 24, 2014
  • Resources for this airport:
    • AirNav airport information for KPUB
    • ASN accident history for PUB
    • FlightAware live flight tracker
    • NOAA/NWS latest weather observations
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for KPUB
    • FAA current PUB delay information

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