In the late 1960’s, a group of innovative members of the Nashville community, led by pilot, attorney, businessman, and civic leader, John C. Tune, realized the need for a facility to better serve small general aviation (GA) aircraft. In 1972, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) initiated a general aviation site study and the FAA approved a site in the Cockrill Bend area located in west Nashville.
In 1983, construction began on JWN and by July 1986, the Airport was ready to open its doors to the public. With approximately 301 acres of property, JWN became vital to the economic health and progress of the middle Tennessee region. The new GA reliever airport opened with a 5,000 foot by 100 foot runway and one 10,000 square foot conventional hangar. In 1986, an additional 10 T-hangar units were added. By 1988, the Airport constructed 44 additional T-hangar units and an 18,000 sq. ft. conventional hangar, as well as added a localizer and associated distance measuring equipment (DME). An automated weather observation system (AWOS) was installed and commissioned in 1990.
In 1991, a 500 foot runway extension to the north end of Runway 2-20 was completed. A terminal building was constructed in 1995, which included amenities such as: pilot’s lounge, flight planning room, weather information center, conference room, vending area, restrooms and showers.
Twenty additional T-hangars were constructed in 1996, and with the installation of a glide slope, an instrument landing system (ILS) was added to Runway 20. A global positioning system (GPS) non-precision approach for Runway 2 and another 20 T-hangars were completed in 1998.
In 2006, thirty-one T-hangars were constructed on the south ramp, and taxiway R3 was constructed to create a second entrance to the main terminal ramp.
In 2007, an 18,000 square foot clear span hangar was constructed for aircraft storage, along with 2500 square feet of office space on the landside portion of the hangar. Four years later, Taxiway R1, connecting the south ramp to the airfield, was constructed along with another 8 T-hangars on the south ramp.
JWN currently consists of approximately 400 acres and is approximately 5 statute miles west of the downtown Nashville area.