Near Lubbock in Lubbock County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
South Plains Army Air Field
The mission of SPAAF was ground and advanced flight training for glider pilots who flew the "Waco CG-4A" glider--the USAAF's primary glider during the war. During its tenure, SPAAF trained nearly 80% of America's combat glider pilots who served in major operations, such as Market Garden (invasion of the Netherlands), Varsity (invasion of Germany) and Overlord (the "D-Day" allied invasion of Normandy, France). SPAAF closed on April 1, 1945, more than a month before victory in Europe was declared. Designated surplus, the site was transferred to the War Assets Administration in December 1947. In 1949 the airfield returned to the City of Lubbock for Municipal use, and in 1950 the city built a modern air terminal.
Regional combat glider training facilities -- located in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains -- were vital components of U.S. military force projection capability during the war.
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16427.)
Location. 33° 39.462′ N, 101° 49.909′ W. Marker is near Lubbock, Texas, in Lubbock County. Marker is on North Cedar Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located directly in front of the Silent Wings Museum which is located on the western edge of the Lubbock airport. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6202 North I-27, Lubbock TX 79403, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. W. G. McMillan Construction Company (here, next to this marker); World War II Glider Pilots (a few steps from this marker); Original Lubbock Municipal Airport (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Old Lubbock (approx. Austin Brothers Bridge (approx. 3.9 miles away); Landwer/Manicapelli Home (approx. 4 miles away); Prairie Dog Town (approx. 4.1 miles away); Migrant Labor Camps of Lubbock County (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lubbock.
Categories. • Air & Space • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2012, by Kevin Hoch of Tulsa, Oklahoma. This page has been viewed 402 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 3, 2012, by Kevin Hoch of Tulsa, Oklahoma. 2, 3. submitted on July 29, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.