Fort McClellan Army Airfield
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Henry J. Reilly Army Airfield
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Fort McClellan Army Airfield is closed military airield located 6 miles north-northeast of Anniston, Alabama.
The airfield was built in the 1930s to support Army activities at Fort McClellan, used by observation aircraft for artillery spotting and general surveillance of maneuvers. It was named to honor Henry J. Reilly, an American soldier and journalist. In 1942-1943, the airfield was phased down and left unuseed for many years.
During the 1960s Vietnam War, the Army reactivated the airfield for used by helicopters and light observations aircraft. It also hosted flights of CH-47 Chinnoks from Fort Benning on maneuvers. It was finally closed permanently in 1968.
In the period 1975-1999, the airfield was used for defensive driving training by the Military Police School at Fort McClellan. Although now unused, aerial imagery shows that the runways are very much intact.
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