Muir Army Airfield
|Owner||United States Army|
|Location||Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania|
|Elevation AMSL||488 ft / 149 m|
The Muir Army Airfield (IATA: MUI, ICAO: KMUI, FAA LID: MUI) is a military airport located at Fort Indiantown Gap, near Annville, Pennsylvania, United States. It is home to the Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (EAATS), operated by the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. It is 24 nautical miles (44 kilometres) northeast of the central business district of Harrisburg, in South Central Pennsylvania. The airfield has one active runway designated 7/25 with a 3,978 ft × 98 ft (1,212 m × 30 m) asphalt surface.
Muir Army Airfield was established as an airstrip in the 1930s and was originally the central parade ground and emergency landing field of the Fort Indiantown Gap military reservation. On July 12, 1941, the first airplane piloted by Major Edgar Scattergood, Air Office of the 28th Infantry Division, landed on the newly dedicated Muir Field. The 3200x100 foot runway was of good size for fixed-wing aircraft at the time; however, the Army Corps of Engineers built the runway in a northeast-southwest direction. The prevailing wind blows out of the mountains from the northwest, so there is usually a permanent crosswind during normal weather conditions.
Eastern Army National Guard Training Site
EAATS was established in by the United States Army in 1981 and focuses on utility and cargo missions, specifically conducting Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk, Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota, which has also been called Little Ugly Helicopter, and Boeing CH-47 Chinook qualifications for pilots, instructor pilots, and maintenance test pilots, as well as enlisted maintainers and crewmembers. The 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, headquartered at Muir Army Airfield, provides all the maintenance support for EAATS.
Muir Army Airfield currently accommodates 75 helicopters and three fixed-wing aircraft, conducting about 70,000 take-offs and landings annually, making it the second busiest helicopter base in the world.
- Muir Army Airfield and EAATS GlobalSecurity.Org. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
- EAATS history and profile Archived 2011-01-06 at the Wayback Machine Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
- Army National Guard (ARNG) Aviation Training Sites (AATS) Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine United States Army, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
- About Ft. Indiantown Gap Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
- EAATS (official site)
- Resources for this U.S. military airport:
- Muir Army Airfield and EAATS profile from GlobalSecurity.org