Ellington Airport is a public and military use airport in Harris County, Texas. It is owned by the City of Houston's department of aviation and Houston Airport System.
Established by the Army Air Service on 21 May 1917, Ellington Field was one of the initial World War I Army Air Service installations when aviation was in its infancy. It is named for 1st Lt. Eric Ellington, a U.S. Army aviator who was killed in a plane crash in San Diego, California in 1913.
In January 2009, a name change from Ellington Field to Ellington Airport was approved by the Houston City Council.
The airport does not have scheduled commercial passenger service. But, in April 2014, Sierra Nevada Corporation signed an agreement with Houston Airport System officials to explore development of Ellington as a commercial Spaceport. The ultimate goal of the agreement is to use Ellington as a landing site for the company's Dream Chaser space plane. A groundbreaking on Phase 1 was held in 2019 to include providing streets, water, wastewater, electrical power distribution facilities, and fiber optic and communications facilities necessary to attract future develop.
A groundbreaking on Phase 1 was held in 2019 to include providing streets, water, wastewater, electrical power distribution facilities, and fiber optic and communications facilities necessary to attract future develop.
Ellington Field covers an area of 2,362 acres (9.56 km2) at an elevation of 32 ft (9.8 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways with concrete surfaces.
In September 2017, the Lone Star Flight Museum
moved from Galveston's Scholes International Airport at Galveston to Ellington, a move that had been in the works since the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in 2008.