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Old 02-09-2012, 10:11 PM
 
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Hi!

I'm looking for information regarding an old airstrip called Hedrick Airfield. It was located east of WW White, near Eisenhower. I know it was active in the late 50's.

Any information would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Sorry, I checked Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields: Texas but could find no info on a "Hedrick Field."

You sure about the name?

Cheers! M2
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:40 PM
 
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So did I last night ...well early morning.


Not sure if I recall ever seeing this section of WW White. I've seen the Airfields here just NE of Fort Sam.
Charles L Kelly Heliport or this other field I've forgotten the name. I can't make a direct link with Google maps. But, just north of Brook Army Medical Center are the two airfields I could find nearest to Eisenhower and on WW White. Closer to Rittiman but maybe OP confused the two.


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Old 02-10-2012, 03:42 PM
 
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I was wondering the same thing about the name. Maybe Martindale? Randolph had several satellite fields for practice during WWII, Martindale being number 4. Never heard of any other number or field associated with Randolph. I don't remember Dodd having an air field during the 50's.....but I was just a kid back then.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:54 PM
 
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I thought of Martindale..I think it's the one east of 410 south of 90/10. No Eisenhower around there these days as far as I know. I think it was all choppers.
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Old 02-10-2012, 05:45 PM
 
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But, just north of Brook Army Medical Center are the two airfields I could find nearest to Eisenhower and on WW White. Closer to Rittiman but maybe OP confused the two.
Actually, Ft Sam does have quite the aviation history to it, some of which can be found here...

FORT SAM HOUSTON | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)

The First Aero Squadron was stationed there just after WWI and were deployed in 1917 to support Gen. John J. Pershing's pursuit of Francisco (Pancho) Villa.

A while back I was at the post museum and got a detailed explanation on the air field that existed at the northernmost portion of the base, but as far as I can remember most of the facilities for it were removed long ago (the only reminder that remains is a modern water tower in the location of the original one).

I still have no idea where "Hedrick Field" was located, I have a book on the aviation history of San Antonio and don't recall ever reading about any flying activity at a location by that name...

Cheers! M2
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Old 02-10-2012, 06:43 PM
 
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Thanks for those who took the time to reply. I did luck out and come across a topo map from 1964, and it has the field there. Otherwise, I've been unable to find any trace of it online.

Here's the map:
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/...tonio-1964.jpg

It's due north of Martindale AAF.
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:21 PM
 
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Went to the historic aerials website and looked over that area from 1955. Only airfield I found was on the SE corner of where 410 and 10 are now. It is bordered by Foster road and FM 1346 now. I have no idea of the name of the place, but it's the only airstrip in that area that I could see from 1955. The airstrip is still visible in 2004, but it doesn't look like it's being used.


OK...I just looked it up on Google Earth, and the one I mentioned above is indeed Martindale. I looked all over to the north of Martindale on Historic Aerials, but could not locate any kind of airfield from 1955....good mystery.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:03 PM
 
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I can't find it now, but there is another abandoned/unknown airstrip website (not the one linked in this thread) that has an even more comprehensive listing of airstrips. There were over 20+ more airstrips listed that are not shown on the old topographical maps. For example, in the 1910s-1920s, the small town of Blanco had over 5-6 aux airfields! now, you can't find a trace of either. Super fascinating as they also contained the old air mail emergency fields.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:16 PM
 
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I've read some of the history of Fort Sam and Brooks and Stinson Field. They're all very interesting. There was an airfield at Callaghan near Culebra or near to what is 151 now. Standard Electric (or is it Standard Battery) south of Kelly once had their own airstrip. The little airfield on Moursund (Old Pleasanton) south of a "Place to shoot" (once Lakeside) shooting range. Stinson was first to receive San Antonio's Airmail deliveries.. may have still been Windburn field at that time..

Charles Lindbergh was stationed at Brooks and kept a plane at Stinson.
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