Randolph Air Force Base lies some 15 miles east-northeast of downtown San Antonio, Texas. It was opened in 1931 and has been a flying training facility for the USAAC, the USAAF, and the USAF ever since. Nowadays, the resident 12 FTW provides instructor pilot training, refresher/recurrency training and navigator training (including naval and NATO/allied flight officers) in the T-6A, T-38 and T-1A Jayhawk.
The air base has two runways, both north-south orientated. In the middle, on the north side, are the aprons. Most aircraft are parked under sun sheds.
Randolph AFB is located south of Route 78/Gordon A Blake Highway/Route 218 and east of Route 1604. From San Antonio go to Seguin via Interstate 10. Take exit 587 and take a left at the crossroads onto Route 1604. In a while, you will see the air base at your right.
1Afternoon view onto western apron
A view onto the western aprons can be had from spot 1, best in the afternoon. Park your car along Route 1604, for instance at the gas station Valero and position yourself to view the apron.
2Landing spot 32L
Driving on Route 1604, take a right onto Lower Seguin Road, that is across the Exxon gas station. On this road you will pass the extended runway of 32L. Park your car on the south side of the road and position yourself also on the south side of the road, for instance along the dirt road.
3Landing spot 32R
From spot 2, continue on Lower Seguin Road untill you pass the extended runway 32R. Park your car on the south side of the road and position yourself also on the south side of the road, for instance along the small road.
4Morning view onto eastern apron
From spot 3, continue on Lower Seguin Road, untill you arrive at the crossing with Route 1518. Take a left here and continue on Route 1518 and take a left at Shaefer Road. Just before the bend, you arrive at the private gate of Bella Oaks Farm. From there, you have a reasonably good view onto the southern and eastern aprons. Should you be able to contact the farm owners and they allow it, you may walk to the base fence for a better view. Be advised that parking is not allowed at the end of Shaefer Road and police do enforce this.
5Morning view onto eastern apron
Driving on Route 1518, you will pass a V-shaped sewage system. after some housing and Industrial area, there is a unoccupied piece of land. take the small road to the left, park your car and walk up to the fence for a good morning look.
6landing spot 14R
Driving on Route 1604, take the exit to the right at Randolph AFB/Universal City. At the next crossing, take a right onto Route 78/Gordon A Blake Highway/Route 218. Across the entrance to Randolph AFB, take a left onto Pat Brooker Road. Take a direct right onto E Aviation Boulevard and continue untill you see the runway at your right. Park your car in the waste land and position yourself with regards to the poles. For afternoon shots there is a small road to your right towards some bushes away from the poles. For morning shots, you have to ga near the small creek.
7Landing spot 14R
Driving on Route 1604, take the exit to the right at Randolph AFB/Universal City. At the next crossing, take a right onto Route 78/Gordon A Blake Highway/Route 218. Across the entrance to Randolph AFB, take a left onto Pat Brooker Road. Take a direct left onto W Aviation Boulevard and continue past the houses. Park your car here and position yourself with regards to the sun.
Resident 560th FTS Talon caught on final for 14L, shot from spot 6 by Ramon Berk.
|127.100/128.050||San Antonio DEP|
|251.125/318.100||San Antonio DEP|
|124.450/127.100/128.050||San Antonio ARR|
|251.125/318.100||San Antonio ARR|
|Randolph Composite Sq (Civil Air Patrol)||C-182T|
|49-1695||T-28A, preserved on base, as '17882'|
|53-3489||T-29C, preserved on base|
|53-6147/TR-147||T-33A, preserved on base|
|54-2730/RA||T-37A, preserved on base, as '62-730'|
|61-0838/RA||T-38A, preserved on base|
|65-5226/N5226F||T-41A,preserved on base|
|73-1153/RA||CT-43A, preserved on base, as '562 FTS'|
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