Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The site transferred to the National Guard during the 1920s, and following a fire and demolition, all that remained by the 1930s was a concrete water tank. The government retained ownership, leasing the site for grazing cattle. By the 1940s, the threat of another world conflict caused the U.S. to reactivate the base. Ellington was vital to American war planning during World War II due to its strategic location near oil refineries and the Houston Ship Channel. Construction began in 1940, and among the first improvements was a service apron believed to be the largest concrete slab in the world at the time. Troops began arriving at the modernized facility in April 1941.
Ellington was primarily a pilot training center, but navigators and bombardiers, as well as aviators from other countries, also trained here. Because the field was operational prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, one of every ten Army pilots went through its flying school in the first two years of the war. Later, the Army Air Force ran an advanced navigator training school here.
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13820.)
Location. 29° 36.164′ N, 95° 10.468′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Aerospace Avenue and Challenger, on the right when traveling north on Aerospace Avenue. Touch for map. Located next to the large airplane display just inside the main gate of Ellington Field. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77034, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Home and First Family (approx. 5.1 miles away); Fig Preserving Plant (approx. 5.3 miles away); Cecil and Frances Brown House First Business (approx. 5.3 miles away); Friendswood Postal Service (approx. 5.3 miles away); Friendswood (approx. 5.4 miles away); Quaker Academy (approx. 5.4 miles away); Oldest Structure Remaining (approx. 5.4 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Ellington Airport Official Website. (Submitted on August 16, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. Ellington International Airport (Texas). Wikipedia (Submitted on August 16, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
3. Wings Over Houston Airshow. This annual airshow has been held at Ellington Field for many years. It is a terrific display and people come from all over to see it. (Submitted on August 16, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Categories. • Air & Space • War, World I • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 544 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 16, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.