Tyler Pounds Regional Airport

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Tyler Pounds Regional Airport

(former Pounds Army Airfield)
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport - Texas.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Tyler
ServesTyler, Texas
Elevation AMSL544 ft / 166 m
Coordinates32°21′14″N 095°24′10″W / 32.35389°N 95.40278°W / 32.35389; -95.40278Coordinates: 32°21′14″N 095°24′10″W / 32.35389°N 95.40278°W / 32.35389; -95.40278
TYR is located in Texas
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 8,334 2,540 Asphalt
13/31 5,200 1,585 Asphalt
17/35 4,832 1,473 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations41,085
Based aircraft152
Gate area of Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, photographed 9 April 2006

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (IATA: TYR, ICAO: KTYR, FAA LID: TYR) is three miles west of Tyler, in Smith County, Texas.[1]

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 called it a primary commercial service airport.[2] Federal Aviation Administration records show 76,168 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 73,841 in 2009 and 74,357 in 2010.[4]

The airport has been expanding to meet goals in "The Tyler Master Plan"; in August 17, 2002, the airport opened a new terminal building, doubling its space. Tyler is a large center for General Aviation, with three public parking lots for General Aviation arrivals.


see: Pounds Army Airfield for its World War II use

The airport opened in November 1929 as Tyler Municipal Airport. During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Forces as a training base and renamed Pounds Field after Lieutenant Jack Windham Pounds. At the end of the war the airfield was turned over to local government for civil use and became Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.[5][6][7][8]

Past airline service[edit]

Airline service began in the 1930s. Tyler was in Delta Air Lines timetables by 1936 on the Dallas-Atlanta route via Shreveport and other stops. In 1952 Delta DC-3s flew Fort Worth - Dallas - Tyler - Longview - Shreveport - Monroe - Jackson - Meridian - Selma - Montgomery - Columbus - Atlanta and Atlanta - Columbus - Montgomery - Meridian - Hattiesburg - New Orleans - Baton Rouge - Alexandria - Shreveport - Tyler - Dallas - Fort Worth.[9] Delta had competition to Dallas Love Field: Trans-Texas Airways DC-3s .[10] Delta left Tyler in 1956.

Trans-Texas Airways (TTa) began serving Tyler in the 1940s; its Douglas DC-3s flew between Dallas Love Field, Beaumont/Port Arthur and Houston Hobby Airport. In 1952 TTa flew three DC-3s a day to Beaumont/Port Arthur via Lufkin, Palestine and Nacogdoches with one flights continuing to Galveston and Houston.[11] Convair 240s and then Convair 600s later took over. In 1966 TTa Convair 240s and DC-3s flew nonstop to Dallas and Convair 240s flew direct to Houston and New Orleans.[12] By 1968 TTa had begun Convair 600 flights at Tyler.[13]

Trans-Texas changed its name to Texas International Airlines (TI); in 1970 TI Convair 600s and Beechcraft 99s flew nonstop to Dallas with direct Convair 600s to Memphis and New Orleans.[14] In 1974 all TI flights at Tyler were Convair 600s: three weekday nonstops to Dallas/Fort Worth, and direct to Houston or Memphis.[15] In 1975 Texas International had competition to Dallas/Fort Worth as commuter air carrier Metroflight Airlines, a subsidiary of Metro Airlines, had seven nonstop de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters to DFW while TI had two nonstops with Convair 600s.[16] In the February 1, 1976 Official Airline Guide, Texas International was operating direct Convair 600s to Tyler from Austin, Houston (IAH), Midland/Odessa, Shreveport and Wichita Falls.[17] This OAG lists nineteen weekday Metroflight Twin Otters to Tyler, nine nonstop from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), nine nonstop from Longview and one nonstop from Nacogdoches; this flight was direct from Houston (IAH) and Lufkin.[18]

By 1978 Texas International had pulled out of Tyler.

In 1979 Metroflight Airlines had the only flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, nonstop de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters and Short 330s and direct Twin Otters to Houston Intercontinental Airport via Longview and/or Nacogdoches.[19][20] By 1981 the airline was operating twelve weekday nonstops between Tyler and Dallas/Fort Worth with Short 330s and Twin Otters.[21] Metroflight became an American Eagle carrier operating code sharing flights for American Airlines and in 1985 continued Twin Otter service between Tyler and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.[22] In 1985 Air Spirit, a commuter airline, flew Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirantes nonstop to Austin, part of a Texarkana - Tyler - Austin route.[23]

In 1989 competition had resumed on Tyler-Dallas/Fort Worth: American Eagle Saab 340s and Delta Connection (Atlantic Southeast Airlines) (ASA) Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirantes.[24] The Official Airline Guide lists fourteen weekday flights between Tyler and DFW. By 1991 Delta Connection (ASA) Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias and EMB-110 Bandeirantes were flying to DFW.[25]

In 1995 Continental Express was flying Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias to Houston Intercontinental Airport, three weekday nonstops via a code sharing agreement with Continental Airlines.[26] By 1999 Continental Express had replaced this with smaller Beechcraft 1900Ds, four weekday nonstops.[27]

In the mid 1990s Conquest Airlines, a commuter airline, flew Fairchild Swearingen Metroliners nonstop to both Austin and San Antonio.[28] By 2000 Austin Express, also a commuter airline, had replaced Conquest with nonstop Metroliners to Austin.[29]


Lockheed F-104A Starfighter on display at the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum

The Historic Aviation Memorial Museum (HAMM), an aviation museum located at the airport, rented and moved into the former Tyler passenger terminal that had been closed since 2002. The museum has a number of military jet fighter aircraft on display among other exhibits and also flies and maintains two Russian-manufactured Mig 17F jet fighters which are based at the airport.[30]


The airport covers 1,200 acres (486 ha) at an elevation of 544 feet (166 m). It has three asphalt runways: 4/22 is 7,802 by 150 feet (2,378 x 46 m); 13/31 is 5,200 by 150 feet (1,585 x 46 m); 17/35 is 4,832 by 150 feet (1,473 x 46 m).[1]

In the year ending July 31, 2011 the airport had 48,677 aircraft operations, average 133 per day: 83% general aviation, 14% air taxi, 2% airline, and 1% military. 152 aircraft were then based at the airport: 60% single-engine, 22% jet, 16% multi-engine, and 2% helicopter.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth
Frontier Airlines Denver

Destinations map[edit]

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for TYR (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  5. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
  6. ^ Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
  7. ^ Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
  8. ^ Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Publisher: Pictorial Histories Pub, ISBN 1-57510-051-7
  9. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Aug. 1, 1952 Delta timetable
  10. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Aug. 1, 1952 Delta timetable & Jan. 1, 1952 Trans-Texas timetable
  11. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Jan. 1, 1952 Trans-Texas timetable
  12. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Oct. 30, 1966 Trans-Texas timetable
  13. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Aug. 1968 Trans-Texas timetable
  14. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, July 1, 1970 Texas International timetable
  15. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, March 1, 1974 Texas International timetable
  16. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, April 15, 1975 Official Airline Guide
  17. ^ Feb. 1, 1976 Official Airline Guide
  18. ^ Feb. 1, 1976 Official Airline Guide
  19. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 Official Airline Guide
  20. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 Metroflight route map
  21. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, April 1, 1981 Official Airline Guide
  22. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide
  23. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Feb. 15, 1985 Air Spirit route map & Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide
  24. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide
  25. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Oct. 1, 1991 Official Airline Guide
  26. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, April 2 1995 Official Airline Guide
  27. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, June 1, 1999 Official Airline Guide
  28. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Sept. 15, 1994 & Sept. 30, 1996 Conquest Airlines route maps
  29. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, March 18, 2000 Austin Express timetable
  30. ^ http://www.tylerhamm.com/exhibits.html
  31. ^ "Flight Activity History (N47GW)". FlightAware. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  32. ^ "Family: Pastor killed in plane crash near Tyler airport". KLTV. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  33. ^ "FAA Accident and Incident Notification(s): Notice(s) Created 13-JUL-17". US Department of Transportation: Federal Aviation Administration. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017.

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