Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport

TxDOT Aviation Provides Guidance for Implementation 

of Executive Order No. GA-11

Travelers from California, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington, Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago Illinois, Detroit Michigan and Miami Florida are required to isolate for 14 days upon arrival. In an effort to keep Texans safe and to assist with the implementation of Executive Order No. GA-11 issued on March 26, 2020 by Governor Greg Abbott, Effective 12:00pm Central, Saturday, March 28, 2020, travelers will be required to isolate for a period of 14 days from the time of entry or for the duration of their visit, whichever is shorter, and should be prepared for additional monitoring by Department of Health (DOH) to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.


The Airport is a safe, efficient aviation facility capable of meeting the business transportation needs of the region and supporting economic growth in Temple.

Draughon–Miller Central Texas Regional Airport covers an area of 922 acres (373 ha) at an elevation of 682 feet (208 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt pavedrunways: 15/33 is 7,000 by 150 feet (2,134 x 46 m) and 2/20 is 4,740 by 100 feet (1,445 x 30 m).


In July 1942, the United States Army Air Forces acquired pasture land and began construction of Temple Army Airfield including three concrete runways, several taxiways, a large parking apron and a control tower, along with housing and other buildings for support services. Buildings were utilitarian and quickly assembled. Most base buildings, not meant for long-term use, were constructed of temporary or semi-permanent materials. Although some hangars had steel frames, and the occasional brick or tile brick building could be seen, most support buildings sat on concrete foundations but were of frame construction clad in little more than plywood and tar paper.

Temple AAF was a sub-base of Waco Army Airfield and was used as a basic flying school by the Army Air Forces Flying Training Command, Gulf Training Center (later Central Flying Training Command). Cadets received basic flying indoctrination and training, primarily in North American BT-9s and Stearman PT-17s. By late 1944, its primary activity was multi-engine transition training and combat crew assembling on North American B-25 Mitchell medium bombers. Flight training continued until the base was closed on 31 October 1945.

With the end of the war the airfield was determined to be excess by the military and turned over to the City of Temple, which closed "Temple Municipal Airport," [which had been built about 2 miles northwest of the central business district in 1937 by Works Progress Administration] and renamed Temple Army Airfield "Draughon–Miller" in honor of two Temple fliers who had died in World War II. The city used the former site of Temple Municipal Airport first as a landfill, and later for a planned industrial area.