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Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Naval Air Station - Sanford

 
 
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1. Naval Air Station - Sanford Marker
Inscription.  In November 1942, NAS Sanford was commissioned to meet the need for additional naval aviation training facilities. Originally planned for bomber training, within a year it converted to fighter plane training. A major portion of fighter pilots that served on aircraft carriers in the Pacific during WWII trained at the field. “Touch and Go” training simulated aircraft landings at the airfield at Osceola and other nearby fields. Fifty-three pilots lost their lives in plane crashes in the surrounding area during this time.

At the end of WWII, the airfield was decommissioned and turned over to the city. In 1947, the NY Giants constructed eight baseball fields for their spring farm teams. Other activities using the facilities included apartments, motels, a seminary, a Bible College and the county hospital in the old dispensary.

In 1951, with the start of the Korean War, the air station was reactivated. Its mission changed several times, but it always supported fleet carrier aircraft. This time training and refresher courses were given to both reserves and experienced pilots.

NAS Sanford in 1957, was one of
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2. Naval Air Station - Sanford Marker reverse
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the first to receive a squadron of A3D Skywarriors, a long-range jet-bomber. In the 1960's these were replaced by the Vigilante. Originally designed as a nuclear bomber, the aircraft later was used for photographic reconnaissance missions. During the Vietnam War, Sanford was home to the families of many POWS and MIAS from Vigilante squadrons.

In 1968 Congress closed the base and returned the airport back to the city. This caused a major economic set back to the area. Slowly the area and the airport recovered, thus bringing international flights to Sanford.
 
Erected by Seminole County Historical Commission. (Marker Number FL-SC017.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, KoreanWar, VietnamWar, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1942.
 
Location. 28° 45.888′ N, 81° 14.265′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is on Red Cleveland Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sanford FL 32773, 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. The North American RA-5C Vigilante (a few steps from this marker); RVAH 12 Speartips (a few steps from this marker); NAS Sanford/City of Sanford (within shouting distance of this marker);
Marker with North American A-5 Vigilante in background. image. Click for full size.
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3. Marker with North American A-5 Vigilante in background.
Ramey Field (within shouting distance of this marker); Seminole County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Reid 1836 (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fort Reid (approx. 2.4 miles away); Georgetown (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,154 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on August 28, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 27, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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