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Virginia World War II Army Airfields

US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg

Part of World War II
Sunset silhouette of flying fortress, Langley Field, VA 1a35090u 1a35090u edit.jpg
B-17 at Langley Field, July 1942
Type Army Airfields
Coordinates Latitude:
Built 1940-1944
In use 1940-present

During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) established numerous airfields in Virginia for training pilots and aircrews of USAAF fighters and bombers.

Most of these airfields were under the command of First Air Force or the Army Air Forces Training Command (AAFTC) (A 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. Many were converted into municipal airports, some were returned to agriculture and several were retained as United States Air Force installations and were front-line bases during the Cold War. Hundreds of the temporary buildings that were used survive today, and are being used for other purposes.

Major Airfields[edit | edit source]

Air Technical Service Command

  • Blackstone AAF, Blackstone
Supported Fort Pickett
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Allen C Perkinson Airport/Blackstone Army Airfield (IATA: BKT, ICAO: KBKT, FAA Location identifier: BKT)

Army Air Force Training Command

2d Army Air Force Base Unit
Eastern Technical Training Center
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Joint Base Langley-Eustis (1947-Pres)

First Air Force

  • Norfolk AAF, Norfolk
390th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Norfolk International Airport (IATA: ORF, ICAO: KORF, FAA Location identifier: ORF)
  • Richmond AAF, Richmond
428th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Byrd Field/Richmond International Airport (IATA: RIC, ICAO: KRIC, FAA Location identifier: RIC)

References[edit | edit source]

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.
  • Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Pictorial Histories Pub . ISBN 1-57510-051-7
  • Military Airfields in World War II - Virginia

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