Leadville Municipal Airport
|Leadville Army Airfield|
|Part of Army Air Force Training Command|
|Lake County, near Leadville, Colorado|
1999 image of mobile home park (lower right) on the southeast of the airfield built on the end of an old runway (faintly discernible).
|Controlled by||United States Army Air Forces
(Third & Second Air Forces)
Leadville Municipal Airport (Leadville Army Airfield c. Aug 1943-5) was a Colorado World War II Army Airfield "adjacent to Highway No. 24" and named for Leadville, Colorado, 2 mi (3.2 km) southeast.
Leadville Flight Strip
On September 10, 1943, the existing Leadville Flight Strip of ~49 acres (20 ha) included a 300 ft × 1,450 ft (91 m × 442 m) landing strip, and the "buildings area" was ~8 acres (3.2 ha).
Leadville Army Airfield
The Leadville landing field became* a United States Army Air Forces Third Air Force auxiliary field of Colorado Springs' Peterson Field which was a photo reconnaissance training facility and base of the 35th Altitude Training Unit.[not in citation given]
After being used as a post-war municipal airport, the Leadville facility closed and was dismantled by 1949.
*Peterson AAF gliders were used for Camp Hale's Mountain Training Center (October 10, 1942-October 23, 1943), which operated for a few months at the beginning of Leadville Army Airfield. Camp Hale also had a Military Munitions Site where unexploded ordnance was found in 2002.
- http://forum.armyairforces.com/m_153039/mpage_1/key_/tm.htm#153098 ArmyAirForces.com Forum: AAF Ground Commands, Stations, & Bases
- Meager, Ralph C., PLAN OF EROSION CONTROL: Leadvillle Flight Strip (letter), Camp Hale: Office of the Post Engineer
- Shaw, Frederick J., ed. (2004). Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy (PDF) (Report). Washington DC: Air Force History and Museums Program. Retrieved 2012-05-16.