Air Activities of Texas Corsicana Field
Prior to the United States' entry into World War II, the U.S. government contracted with a number of civilian flying schools to assist in training military pilots for the Army Air Corps. In December 1940 the air activities of Texas, Corsicana field, was authorized to provide primary flight training, the second phase of a three-level process.
Construction of the facility on a 400-acre tract of land began here in February 1941 and employed more than 250 laborers in addition to a landing strip, they built hangars, barracks, offices, maintenance buildings, and a mess hall/kitchen. In March, 51 cadets arrived to complete 10 weeks of intense training. By 1943, each class contained more than 300 cadets. By 1944 8,480 cadets received flight instruction in 37 training classes. The flight school employed more than 550 civilians by January 1944 and provided a significant impact on the local economy.
As the war drew to a close, the need for the flight school became unnecessary, and it closed. Post-war use of the property began in 1946 with the opening of Navarro Junior College, which occupied the site until 1951. The city of Corsicana purchasedthe site in 1963 for a municipal airport.
Erected 1996 by Texas Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, World II.
Location. 32° 5.554′ N, 96° 27.92′ W. Marker is in Corsicana, Texas, in Navarro County. Marker can be reached from 9000 Navarro Road. Historical Marker is located at the Corsicana Municipal Airport. West side of the Terminal Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9000 Navarro rd, Corsicana TX 75109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Corsicana Army Airfield (here, next to this marker); Early Texas Natural Gas Pipelines (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Wistar Johnson, M. D. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry G. Damon (about 300 feet away); Corsicana Public Library (about 300 feet away); Corsicana City Jail of 1908 (about 400 feet away); R.N. White (about 500 feet away); Corsicana (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corsicana.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2018, by Sarah Farley of Corsicana, Texas. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 14 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on June 6, 2018, by Sarah Farley of Corsicana, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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