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Honoring America's Military Aviation Heritage

Public installations celebrate historic aircraft that led the way for modern flight.

10-12-2020

The Port campus — which straddles 1,900 acres of the former Kelly Air Force Base (AFB) — is where chapters in aerospace history are written.

For over 100 years, generations of engineers and technicians at the former base, and the thousands who are currently employed by marquee names in aviation now based on the campus, have ensured the readiness and supported the modernization of an array of aircraft — from the first flyers to 21st century state of-the-art platforms.

Since the inception of the United States Air Force Security Service (USAFSS) in 1948 to its current incarnation as the 16th Air Force at the Port, signal intelligence — which, over time, has included electronic warfare, airborne control, nuclear detection, reconnaissance, targeting and cybersecurity operations — has played an important role in the aircraft and technologies developed and maintained onsite. 

As leading names like Boeing, StandardAero, Knight Aerospace, GDC Technics and others continue to develop and deploy new technologies from their expansive operations at the Port, we celebrate the legacy of the aircraft previously supported here that underscore America's unparalleled air and signal intelligence superiority.  


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PLAN A VISIT

Displays at the Port are located outdoors in four areas in the central part of the property. They are publicly accessible and there is ample parking nearby. There is no charge for admission.

The Port is located 8 minutes southwest of downtown San Antonio. Main access routes from U.S. Highway 90 are General Hudnell Dr., General McMullen Dr. and 36th St.

No special permission is required to visit the displays. We simply ask people to follow a few basic guidelines:

  • We welcome the public to visit the displays during daylight hours, seven days a week.
  • Please observe public health guidelines, including social distancing and limiting group sizes accordingly.
  • Please do not climb on the displays.
  • No public restrooms are available at this time.

If you have any questions, please drop us a line at info@portsanantonio.us or call during business hours at (210) 362-7800.

CLICK ON THE PHOTOS BELOW TO LEARN MORE

Convair F-106 Delta Dart 

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F-15A Eagle 

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Convair B-58 Hustler

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FB-111A Aardvark

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REFERENCES

Air Force Historical Research Agency. Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency (USAF): December 28, 2010.

U.S. Air Force. Former AF ISR Agency now numbered Air Force: October 2, 2014.

Wikipedia. www.wikipedia.org