Grissom Air Reserve Base is a United States Air Force base, located approximately 12 miles (19 km) north of Kokomo, Indiana. The facility is a joint use civil airport/military base with the Grissom Aeroplex which provides general aviation and charter service. It is named in memory of astronaut and Indiana native Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, who, along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee, perished in the Apollo I fire at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 34 in 1967.
GRISSOM ARB AIRPORT HISTORY
The United States Navy established Naval Air Station Bunker Hill in 1942 and closed it after World War II ended. The United States Air Force reopened the base in 1954 as Bunker Hill Air Force Base. In 1968, the Air Force later renamed the base in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Virgil Ivan (“Gus”) Grissom, an American astronaut who died in the Apollo 1 accident at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. As an active Air Force installation from 1954 to 1994, Grissom Air Force Base hosted various aircraft, including the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker.
GRISSOM ARB AIRPORT LOCATION
Grissom Air Reserve Base is a United States Air Force base, located approximately 12 miles (19 km) north of Kokomo, Indiana.
GRISSOM ARB AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 812 ft.
Runway length available: 05/23 12501×200 ft.