Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip
Cape Canaveral AFS Skid Strip
|Operator||United States Air Force|
|Serves||Cape Canaveral Air Force Station|
|Elevation AMSL||10 ft / 3 m|
Cape Canaveral AFS Skid Strip (ICAO: KXMR, FAA LID: XMR) is a military airport at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), 7 nautical miles (11 km) northeast of Cocoa Beach, Florida. It has an asphalt-paved runway designated 13/31 and measuring 10,000 by 200 ft (3,048 by 61 m). The facility is owned by the United States Air Force (USAF).
This airport is assigned a three-letter location identifier of XMR by the Federal Aviation Administration, but it does not have an International Air Transport Association (IATA) airport code.
In the 1960s the Douglas C-133 Cargomaster was a frequent visitor, carrying modified Atlas and Titan missiles, used as launch vehicles for manned and unmanned space programs leading to the Apollo Moon landings. The Skid Strip was used by NASA's Pregnant Guppy and Super Guppy transport aircraft carrying the S-IVB upper stage for the Saturn IB and Saturn V rockets used in Project Apollo.
The CCAFS Skid Strip is sometimes confused with the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility, but that runway, specially constructed for the Space Shuttle, is located on Merritt Island at the adjacent John F. Kennedy Space Center.
- Shuttle Landing Facility (KSC)
- FAA Airport Master Record for XMR ( PDF), effective October 25, 2007
- "Airline and Airport Code Search". International Air Transport Association (IATA). Retrieved November 14, 2016.
- "Cape Canaveral AFS Skid Strip (IATA: none, ICAO: KXMR, FAA: XMR)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
- Lethbridge, Clifford (1998). "Snark Fact Sheet". Spaceline. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
- (PDF), effective August 15, 2019
- Resources for this U.S. military airport:
- Airport information for XMR at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.