WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
HURRICANE MESA TEST FACILITY
Hurricane Mesa, Washington County, Utah
LOCATIONNorth of Highway 9 between LaVerkin and Zion National Park, a little west of Virgin.
On and covering most of Hurricane Mesa.
37° 14' 17" North Latitude, 113° 13' 11" West Longitude
37.238° North Latitude, 113.217° West Longitude
5,115 feet MSL
HISTORYThe Hurricane Mesa Test Facility includes a 12,000 foot long test track. It was initially owned by the U.S. Air Force, constructed in 1954 and 1955 by Coleman Engineering and subsequently operated by Coleman. The site was used in the testing of ejection seat systems and other aviation systems. The U.S. Air Force ceased operations in 1961 at the site. Since 1963 the facility has been owned and operated by Goodrich Corporation, Aircraft Interior Products, Propulsion Systems. It remains in operation as a private test facility.
WCHS-00140 Aerial view of Hurricane Mesa looking north
Other WCHS photos:
WCHS-00143 Photo of test dummies in the main building at the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility
WCHS-00144 Photo of the nose section of an aircraft at the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility
WCHS-00145 Photo of the nose sections of two aircraft at the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility
WCHS-00146 Photo of some rocket sleds at the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility
WCHS-00147 Photo of some leftover material from the making of the movie, "Octapussy", at the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility
WCHS-00149 Photo of the rocket sled track at the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility
WCHS-00150 Photo of a section of the rocket sled track at the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility
WCHS-00151 Photo of the south end of the rocket sled track at the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility
WCHS-00152 Photo of the structures at the south end of the rocket sled track at the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility
WCHS-00153 Photo of a tower at the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility
WCHS-00154 Photo of the lunchroom trailer at the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility
Other photos on the web:
Photo of Hurricane Mesa looking northwest and the dirt road leading up to it
Photo of Hurricane Mesa from Highway 9, looking northeast
REFERENCESWikipedia article on the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility
History of the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility
Early history of the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility
Fact sheet about the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility
History of the Hurricane Mesa Airport with photos
1960 TV episode, "The Man and the Challenge: Hurricane Mesa"
Advertisement in the 1961 Dixie Roundup Program
Hurricane Mesa Rocket Project (S.M.A.R.T.)
Pages 13-16 in "Selected Topics Related To Hurricane, Utah"
Written and/or compiled by Victor Hall, 2003.
Romancing the Mesas: An Anecdotal History of the Settling of Southern Utah
Book by Ruth Cornelius and Russell B. Cornelius
See the information page.