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Westworth Village in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fort Worth Army Air Field

 
 
Fort Worth Army Air Field Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, July 6, 2017
1. Fort Worth Army Air Field Texas Historical Marker
Inscription. By January 1941, negotiations between Fort Worth civic advocates, led by Amon G. Carter, and the U.S. Army yielded an agreement to construct an aircraft plant near the city to build B-24 Liberator bombers. Legislation later authorized the creation of a landing field adjacent to the completed Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation Plant No. 4 which became Tarrant Field/Tarrant Field Airdrome. Three months after the U.S. joined World War II, the plant was in operation and the Army moved forward to create an Air Base to utilize this proximity between sites to facilitate B-24 crew training. This air base opened in August 1942 and was named Fort Worth Army Air Field (FWAAF) in May 1943, training more than 4,000 pilots between 1942 and 1944. It allowed the city to contribute substantially to victory for the U.S. and Allied Powers.

In late January 1948, FWAAF was renamed Carswell Air Force Base in honor of Fort Worth native and Medal of Honor recipient Major Horace S. Carswell, Jr. The site became a key U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) base during the Cold War, serving as a highly visible symbol of nuclear deterrence and force projection. The site was the first SAC base to be equipped with the Fort Worth-produced B-36 Peacemaker bomber and transitioned by 1959 to the legendary B-52 Stratofortress bomber.
Airfield Falls Conservation Park and Fort Worth Army Air Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, July 6, 2017
2. Airfield Falls Conservation Park and Fort Worth Army Air Field Marker
This marker and another can be seen in the distance beyond the gateway.
In 1972, B-52s stationed here participated in the most powerful SAC campaign of the Vietnam War, Operation Linebacker II. After the end of the Cold War, Carswell AFB closed in September 1993.

In October 1994, the site reopened as Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, supporting active duty and reserve units in the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and the Texas Air National Guard. This base greatly aided training and support of the U.S. Military during the Global War on Terrorism and continues a long tradition of professional excellence in the defense of the Nation.
Marker is Property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2016 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18383.)
 
Location. 32° 45.774′ N, 97° 25.229′ W. Marker is in Westworth Village, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker can be reached from Pumphrey Drive 0.2 miles north of Westworth Boulevard (State Highway 183), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. This marker stands within Airfield Falls Conservation Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Pumphrey Dr., Fort Worth TX 76114, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Horace Seaver Carswell, Jr.
Horace Seaver Carswell, Jr. and Fort Worth Army Air Field Markers image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, July 6, 2017
3. Horace Seaver Carswell, Jr. and Fort Worth Army Air Field Markers
Airfield Falls Conservation Park
(here, next to this marker); Curzon Place (approx. 2.3 miles away); Camp Bowie Boulevard (approx. 2.7 miles away); Camp Bowie in World War I (approx. 2.7 miles away); Midnight (approx. 3.3 miles away); Herbert M. Hinckley (approx. 3.4 miles away); Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show (approx. 3.5 miles away); Raymond C. Morrison (approx. 3.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, ColdWar, VietnamWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2017, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 28, 2017, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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