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During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) established numerous airfields in Arizona for training pilots and aircrews of USAAF fighters and bombers.

Arizona World War II Army Airfields
Douglas AAF
Hereford AAF
Falcon AAF
Kingman AAF
Yucca AAF
Luke AAF
Gila Bend AFAF
Marana AAF
Ryan AAF
Thunderbird #1
Thunderbird #2
Yuma AAF
Dateland AAF
Coolidge AAF
Williams AAF
Winslow MAP
Tucson MAP
Davis–Monthan AAF
Map of Arizona World War II Army airfields
TypeArmy Airfields
Site history
In use1940–present

Most of these airfields were under the command of Fourth Air Force or the Army Air Forces Training Command (AAFTC) (A predecessor of the current-day United States Air Force Air Education and Training Command). However, the other USAAF support commands (Air Technical Service Command (ATSC); Air Transport Command (ATC) or Troop Carrier Command) commanded a significant number of airfields in a support roles.

It is still possible to find remnants of these wartime airfields. Many were converted into municipal airports, some were returned to agriculture and several were retained as United States Air Force installations and were front-line bases during the Cold War. Hundreds of the temporary buildings that were used survive today, and are being used for other purposes.

Major airfields

Air Transport Command

Now: Coolidge Municipal Airport (FAA LID: P08)
Now: Winslow–Lindbergh Regional Airport (IATA: INW, ICAO: KINW)

Fourth Air Force

32nd Air Base Squadron / 32nd Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron; 20 April 1941–1 April 1944
233rd Army Air Force Base Unit (Combat Crew Training Station, Very Heavy)(Second AF); 1 April 1944–16 November 1945
Now: Davis–Monthan Air Force Base (IATA: DMA, ICAO: KDMA)
  • Sahuarita Flight Strip 31°57′48″N 110°55′26″W (2 mi (3.2 km) east of Sahuarita)
Aux to Davis–Monthan AAF
Now: S. Sahuarita Park Rd.

Air Technical Service Command

Joint Use USAAF/Civil Airport
Now: Tucson International Airport (IATA: TUS, ICAO: KTUS) and Tucson Air National Guard Base, home to the 162d Fighter Wing, Arizona Air National Guard

Civilian Pilot Training Program

Joint Use USAAF/USN/Civil Airport
Now: Prescott Municipal Airport (IATA: PRC, ICAO: KPRC)

See also


  1. David, Barr (2016), Archaeological Survey of 131.0 Acres for the Proposed Rolle Airfield Improvements Project in Yuma County, Arizona (PDF), pp. ii
  2. "Yumans Take Part in Electronic Confab". Yuma Sun. 1959-07-29. p. 1. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  3. "Smoke Signals from Wellton Mowhawk". Yuma Sun. 1970-10-04. Retrieved 2020-02-20.

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