Roswell International Air Center (ROW) in New Mexico


Brief History and Background

Roswell International Air Center, an airliner boneyard in New Mexico

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), covering 4,600 acres.

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.

Lines of UPS and American Airlines jets in storage at the Roswell International Air Center
Lines of UPS and American Airlines jets in storage at the Roswell International Air Center

 

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.

Today, various industries are located at the Air Center, including companies which store, refurbish and dismantle airliners. The Air Center features ample areas for storage and reclamation, and its dry climate with typical relative humidity of 4%-8% is a perfect environment for preservation.

Airlines from around the world store, repair and obtain parts from the giant aircraft at Roswell.

Companies such as AerSale, Aircraft Technical Support, Avflight, Dean Baldwin Aircraft Painting, Stewart Industries International, 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. Airlines which utilize RIAC include American Airlines, United, UPS, Air Canada, Scoot, Polar Air Cargo, Hawaiian Airlines, and many others.

... about how airliners are disassembled and scrapped

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.

Airliners being dismantled at the Roswell International Air Center in New Mexico
Airliners being dismantled at the Roswell International Air Center in New Mexico

 

 

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 physical 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.

American Airlines jets in storage at the Roswell International Air Center
American Airlines jets in storage at the Roswell International Air Center

 

Roswell Air Center in the News

American Airlines MD-80 Jetliners transferred to Roswell (8/24/2016)
USA Today
Bloomberg
Airways Magazine

Recycling jetliners boosts local economy
KRQE - Albuquerque NM - 04/04/2017

Elvis' private jet auctioned for $430,000 after sitting on a runway for 35 years at Roswell NM boneyard
Fox News- 05/28/2017

 

Aerial View of Roswell International Air Center

Aerial view of the Roswell International Air Center with airliners in storage
Aerial view of the Roswell International Air Center with airliners in storage

FAA Diagram of the Roswell International Air Center (ROW)

FAA Diagram of the Roswell International Air Center

 


Photos of the Roswell International Air Center

Airliners lined up on the tarmac at the Roswell International Air Center
Airliners lined up on the tarmac at the Roswell International Air Center

UPS cargo jets in storage at the Roswell International Air Center
UPS cargo jets in storage at the Roswell International Air Center

American Airlines McDonnell-Douglas MD-8X jetliners at the Roswell International Air Center
American Airlines McDonnell-Douglas MD-8X jetliners at the Roswell International Air Center

Air Canada and UPS jetliners at the Roswell International Air Center
Air Canada and UPS jetliners at the Roswell International Air Center

Scoot Tigerair jetliner at the Roswell International Air Center
Scoot Tigerair jetliner at the Roswell International Air Center

Kenya Airways jetliner at the Roswell International Air Center
Kenya Airways jetliner at the Roswell International Air Center


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Links and More Resources about Roswell

Official website of the Roswell International Air Center

Walker Aviation Museum

City of Roswell, New Mexico

See Roswell - Visitor Information

Roswell Chamber of Commerce

Fly Roswell

Roswell UFO Museum

Chaves County, New Mexico

YouTube Video from the Mayor of Roswell about the International Air Center

YouTube Video - "American Airlines Retires MD-80s to Roswell"

YouTube Video - "Roswell Boneyard is Booming"

Interactive Map of the Roswell International Air Center Area

Special Report: How Airliners Are Scrapped and Recycled

 

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