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Smyrna in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Smyrna Airport

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 12, 2021
1. Smyrna Airport Marker
Inscription.  Smyrna is home to the busiest general aviation airport in Tennessee. The airport's modern services and economic contributions have their roots in its history as a training base for many of the nation's military pilots.

Smyrna Airport was constructed in 1942 and was home to the Army Air Force Combat Crew School. Smyrna was selected by the federal War Department for an air facility due to its good weather and topography, access to rail, a capability for emergency landings and the potential for expansion. After the war, the airport continued to operate as a military facility off and on until 1970, when it became a largely civilian operation.

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority took control of the facility in 1970 and on May 15, 1991, transferred its management to the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority. The newly created airport authority embarked on a rebuilding program to update the vintage airport and transform it into an economic engine and transportation nub for Smyrna and the surrounding region. Today the airport is owned and operated by the town of Smyrna and Rutherford County and is governed by a board
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 12, 2021
2. Smyrna Airport Marker
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representing Smyrna, Rutherford County and LaVergne.

With over 1,700 acres, Smyrna Airport is the third largest in Tennessee and the busiest general aviation airport in the state. "General aviation” means the airport provides all air services, including private charter and corporate aircraft services, flight training and repair. The airport terminal and business center serve as a hub for corporate travel, and the air traffic control tower logs over 400 operations per day. Over $20 million has been spent on airport improvements since 1991. Over 1,200 people, including National Guard personnel, work at the airport.
 
Erected by Town of Smyma Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1942.
 
Location. 35° 59.763′ N, 86° 31.234′ W. Marker is in Smyrna, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is on Sam Ridley Parkway (Tennessee Route 266) east of Nolan Drive, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on paved trail on south side of Sam Ridley Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 Sam Ridley Parkway East, Smyrna TN 37167, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smyrna, Tennessee World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Smyrna, Tennessee Veterans Memorial
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Jeff Kuss, USMC (within shouting distance of this marker); Smyrna Railroad Depot (approx. one mile away); Sam Davis (approx. one mile away); Dewitt Smith Jobe (approx. one mile away); Sam Davis Gravesite (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Sam Davis Boyhood Home (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smyrna.
 
Also see . . .  Smyrna Airport (Tennessee) (Wikipedia). (Submitted on April 17, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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