Details for Site of Old Midland Army Flying School

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5329004854


Marker Number 4854
Atlas Number 5329004854
Marker Title Site of Old Midland Army Flying School
Index Entry Midland Army Flying School, Site of
Address 9506 La Force Blvd.
City Midland
County Midland
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 763945
UTM Northing 3536872
Subject Codes military topics; World War II; aviation
Marker Year 1968
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location Midland International Air and Space Port, at W entrance to main terminal on E. side of La Force Blvd.
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Old Sloan Field, built 1931, in 1942 became Midland Army Flying School, for bombardier cadets. At one time it was called largest bombardier training center in the world. One of over 25 World War II airfields in Texas, its cadets flew 861,510 hours in Beech "AT-11" aircraft, dropping 1,245,107 bombs. Last class of cadets graduated in Jan. 1945. The field was used as an Army Air Forces instructor school (Bombardier) until World War II ended later that year. After military phase-out, 1947, commercial field opened 1950. (1968)

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