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Near Pike Road in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Taylor Field

 
 
Taylor Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 27, 2014
1. Taylor Field Marker
Inscription. Montgomery's first military flying installation was established 200 yards south of this spot in November of 1917. The facility was named for Captain Ralph L. Taylor, who was killed in an airplane crash at Mineola Field, New York in August of 1917. The primary flying school here included 16 hangars, repair shops, warehouses, quarters, a hospital, and nearly 200 JN-4 and DH-4 aircraft on its 800 acres. One hundred and thirty-nine fledgling pilots completed the eight-week course and some served in France during the First World War. Taylor Field closed in April of 1919 and reopened as Gunter Auxiliary Air Field No. 5 during World War II. It was closed again in July of 1946.
 
Erected 1993 by The Montgomery Chapter of the Air Force Association and Founders Flight, Order of Daedalians & the Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 32° 18.579′ N, 86° 7.024′ W. Marker is near Pike Road, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Ray Thorington Road (County Route 75) 0.8 miles west of Pike Road (County Route 85), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2150 Ray Thorington Road, Pike Road AL 36064, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured
Old Taylor Field Location in Background image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 27, 2014
2. Old Taylor Field Location in Background
as the crow flies. Pike Road School (approx. 1.9 miles away); Town of Pike Road Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away); Ray Cemetery (approx. 2.1 miles away); Chantilly Plantation (approx. 2.6 miles away); Antioch Baptist Church (approx. 3.2 miles away); Georgia Washington School (approx. 3.2 miles away); Grace Episcopal Church (approx. 3.4 miles away); Marks House (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pike Road.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on February 27, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World IWar, World II
 
Taylor Field in 1918 image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain, circa 1918
3. Taylor Field in 1918
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 426 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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