List of Florida World War II Army Airfields

List Of Florida World War II Army Airfields

During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) established numerous airfields in Florida for antisubmarine defense in the western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico and for training pilots and aircrews of USAAF fighters and bombers.

Most of these airfields were under the command of Third Air Force or the Army Air Forces Training Command (AAFTC) (predecessor of the current-day United States Air Force Air Education and Training Command). However the other USAAF support commands (Air Technical Service Command (ATSC); Air Transport Command (ATC) or Troop Carrier Command) commanded a significant number of airfields in a support roles.

It is still possible to find remnants of these wartime airfields as most were converted into municipal airports. Two remained as active USAF installations until 1960 and a third remained an active Strategic Air Command bomber and tanker base prior to its closure and conversion to a commercial international airport in 1974-75. A fourth remained as an active Tactical Air Command then Air Combat Command fighter base until 1995, when it was converted to air reserve base status as a fighter base for the Air Force Reserve Command and the Florida Air National Guard. The others remain as modern day U.S. Air Force installations. Hundreds of the temporary buildings that were used also survive today, with many being used for other purposes.

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