Chamblee in DeKalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
1941 ✯ Naval Air Station Atlanta ✯ 1959
Commissioned in March 1941, the field´s chief mission was primary flight training of Navy and Marine Corps aviators. Expanding to meet war needs, the base added training for instrument flight instructors and in January 1943 was designated Naval Air Station Atlanta. Training some 3,000 pilots and over 4,000 instructors, NAS Atlanta supported the vast expansion of naval aviation that proved decisive in the Pacific War against Japan.
Following World War II, NAS Atlanta became a Reserve Naval Air Station with nine squadrons (F4U Corsairs, F6F Hellcats, TMB Avengers, and PBY Catalinas) and trained reservists to meet the Korean War emergency of 1950-1953.
The evolution of jet fighters and large patrol bombers prompted the relocation of NAS Atlanta to the longer runways of Dobbins Air Force Base, Marietta in 1959.
Donated by Veterans of NAS Atlanta.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 52.618′ N, 84° 18.245′ W. Marker is in Chamblee, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Airport Drive and Clairmont Road (Georgia Route 155), on the right on Airport Drive. The marker is at the end of Airport Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2000 Airport Drive, Atlanta GA 30341, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1917 ✯ Camp Gordon ✯ 1919 (here, next to this marker); The Rainey Plantation (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Samuel House Plantation (approx. 1.3 miles away); Site: Blake’s Mill (approx. 1˝ miles away); Oglethorpe University (approx. 1˝ miles away); Old Cross Keys (approx. 1.6 miles away); Dodge's & Blair's Columns Separate (approx. 2 miles away); Dodge's 16th A.C. Camp on Nancy's Creek (approx. 2.4 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker was originally installed on Airport Drive near the Clairmont Road intersection. It was moved to the end of the Drive in 2007-2008, to a newly landscaped small park.
1. B-47 crash landing
As a student at Southern Tech Institute, I witnessed the wheels-up landing of a B-47 at the naval air station in 1955-56.Sparks and dust flew. I recall that the pilot injured
— Submitted September 5, 2011, by Willis S Kastorff of Madison, Alabama.
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