Rosecrans Memorial Airport is a joint civil/military public airport located three miles northwest of the city of St. Joseph in Buchanan County, Missouri. Its main runway stretches 8,061 feet (150 feet wide) in a north-south orientation.
The facility stands on a field that was once referred to as the French Bottoms. The airport was named in honor of Sgt. Guy Wallace Rosecrans "and comrades" of the 153rd Aero Squadron, U.S. Army Air Service, 1917-18. Rosecrans was the only St. Joseph airman killed in World War I.
At the end of World War II, much of the former U.S. Army Air Forces installation was transferred to the city with the exception of 142 acres for the National Guard. With the establishment of an independent U.S. Air Force in 1947, the military facilities became part of the newly established Air National Guard. Rosecrans Air National Guard Base is currently home to the 139th Airlift Wing, an Air Mobility Command-gained unit of the Missouri Air National Guard, which functions as the host wing for the installation.
Our event at the airport wouldn't have much chance of success without the support of this influential organization, and we're really happy to have them on board. The Convention and Visitors Bureau has developed contacts in the business community, in educational institutions, and with the media. And we're going to work with all of them.
Because this eclipse occurs on a Monday, many visitors will choose to arrive in St. Joseph several days early. The Convention and Visitors Bureau's website will guide you in your visit to this great city. Click to learn more about the Bureau and St. Joseph.
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