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Arizona World War II Army Airfields
Us army air corps shield.svg
Type Army Airfields
Site history
Built 1940–1944
In use 1940–present

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

Most of these airfields were under the command of Fourth 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

Air Transport Command

  • Coolidge Army Air Field, 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of Coolidge
Now: Coolidge Municipal Airport (FAA LID: P08)
  • Winslow Municipal Airport, Winslow
Now: Winslow–Lindbergh Regional Airport (IATA: INWICAO: KINW)

Fourth Air Force

  • Davis–Monthan Field, Tucson
32nd Air Base Squadron / 32nd Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron; 20 April 1941–1 April 1944
233rd Army Air Force Base Unit (Combat Crew Training Station, Very Heavy)(Second AF); 1 April 1944–16 November 1945
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Davis–Monthan Air Force Base (IATA: DMAICAO: KDMA)
Aux to Davis–Monthan AAF
Now: S. Sahuarita Park Rd.

Air Technical Service Command

  • Tucson Army Air Field, Tucson
Joint Use USAAF/Civil Airport
Now: Tucson International Airport (IATA: TUSICAO: KTUS) and Roundel of the USAF.svg Tucson Air National Guard Base, home to the 162d Fighter Wing, Arizona Air National Guard

Civilian Pilot Training Program

Joint Use USAAF/USN/Civil Airport
Now: Prescott Municipal Airport (IATA: PRCICAO: KPRC)
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