Roswell is Southeast New Mexico’s Aviation Hub


Roswell has a proud and enduring heritage in aerospace and aviation.

Robert Goddard—considered the father of modern rocket propulsion—conducted experimentation with liquid fueled rockets in Roswell in the 1930-40s. The Roswell Air Center (RAC) is the site of the former Walker Air Force Base. Being the original home of Strategic Air Command (SAC), the existing infrastructure is conducive to maintenance, 24/7 operations, and aircraft storage.

Today, RAC is home to 3 MROs, major airlines, and several manufacturing activities. 

The Roswell Air Center is a commercial airport—with daily flights to Dallas-Fort Worth and Phoenix.

Roswell Air Center Facts

  • 13,000 ft runway
  • 10,000 ft crosswind runway
  • 5000 acre complex in a designated Opportunity Zone
  • ~2000 acre megasite in development
  • 45 acre certified shovel ready site
  • Daily direct flights to Dallas and Phoenix
  • 310 days of sunshine per year

Aviation Opportunities

Roswell has ideal flying conditions. Its high altitude and 310 days of sunshine per year offer extremely low weather volatility and largely uncongested airspace. This ensures minimal delays, low fuel demand, and minimal damage from corrosion. RAC is regular tenant for military flight training, equipment testing, and research/development.

Mike Espiritu“We’re seeing the industry really grow in Chaves County due to the unique nature of the Roswell Air Center, having been a former Air Force Base. When combined with our local college offering an FAA Aircraft Mechanics Certificate, these assets make Roswell a clear choice for companies in the aviation industry.”

Mike Espiritu
RCCEDC President/CEO

Roswell Air Center Documents
- Airport Layout Plan (ALP) (2018)
- Airport Master Plan (2012)
- Airport Emergency Plan (2018)

Contact us to learn more about the Roswell Air Center, and for information on available sites and incentives.