Roswell International Air Center (ROW) in New Mexico
Brief History and Background
Located in Roswell, New Mexico, this facility was originally known as Roswell Army International Airfield during World War II, and Walker Air Force Base in later years.
At the time of its closure in 1967, the facility was the largest air base of the Strategic Air Command (SAC).
During its active duty years, Walker supported a variety of military aircraft including the B-29 Superfortress, B-50, KC-97, B-36 Peacemaker, B-47 Stratojet, KC-135 Stratotanker, and B-52 Stratofortress.
The Roswell Air Center Today
The Roswell International Air Center (RIAC) was developed after the closure of the base. Two runways are provided, one at 13,001 feet, the other extending 9,999 feet.
Recycling jetliners boosts local economy
Today, various industries are located at the Air Center, including aircraft repair and refurbishing companies which store airliners onsite.
Airlines from around the world store, repair and get parts from the giant aircraft at Roswell.
Companies such as AerSale, Aircraft Technical Support, Avflight, Dean Baldwin Aircraft Painting, Stewart Industries International, GenAir and MISTIC are among the aviation businesses located at Roswell.
At any given time, up to 300 jetliners may be stored or being reworked at Roswell.
The Roswell Air Center offers air service to both Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) via American Airlines. Rental car services are available, as are area hotels.
The Walker Aviation Museum is also located on site.
Touring the Roswell International Air Center Area
The Roswell International Air Center (RIAC) is located five miles south of the central business district of the City.
The official address of the Air Center is 1 Jerry Smith Circle, Roswell, NM 88203.
For driving directions to the airport, see the interactive map at the bottom of this page.
Aerial View of Roswell International Air Center
Aerial view of the Roswell International Air Center with airliners in storage
Photos of the Roswell International Air Center
Polar Air Cargo Boeing 747 parked at the Roswell International Air Center (Photo courtesy of Andrew Hersey)
Kenya Airways jetliner at the Roswell International Air Center (Photo courtesy of Andrew Hersey