Majors Army Airfield
2008 USGS airphoto
|Owner||City of Greenville|
|Elevation AMSL||535 ft / 163 m|
Originally named Majors Field, it is home to L3 Technologies Mission Integration Division (MID), which performs aircraft modification.
Majors Airport, named for Lieutenant Truett Majors, the first Hunt County native to perish in World War II, began operations on June 26, 1942, as a training center for the United States Army Air Forces. Lt Majors was killed in the 1942 Battle of the Philippines in January 1942. Greenville was chosen as a site for the USAAF basic flight-training center due to the efforts of the influential politician Sam Rayburn, the base was dedicated and named on 5 January 1943.
Majors Army Airfield was assigned initially to the Gulf Coast Training Center (later Central Flying Command), the airport was at one point the home to approximately 5,000 pilots, support personnel, and civilian employees. Majors also was a major training base for Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)s. Flying training was performed with Fairchild PT-19s as the primary trainer. Also had several PT-17 Stearmans and a few P-40 Warhawks assigned.
In addition to training United States Army pilots, the airfield was the training site for Escuadrón 201 of the Mexican Air Force. The training center was reassigned to Second Air Force on 30 November 1944 as a group training center, primary for the assignment of replacement personnel to combat squadrons in Overseas theaters.
Majors AAF was inactivated on 18 July 1945 after the defeat of Germany; the city of Greenville then took ownership, then leased the site to TEMCO (which, after a series of acquisitions, became L-3 Mission Integration Division).
The airport had airline flights (Central DC-3s) for a year or two around 1952.
On 5 March 2014 a regional American Eagle jet heading from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport made an emergency landing after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit. Flight 3400 was bound for Moline, Il., when it was diverted about 9 p.m. to Majors Airport in Greenville. Jim Hogan, a passenger from Iowa City, Iowa seated in the exit row, opened the door and led the way for the other passengers to disembark.
In the year ending 23 June 2016 the airport had 19,135 aircraft operations, averaging 52 per day: 99% general aviation and 1% military. 42 aircraft were then based at the airport: 86% single-engine, 5% multi-engine, 7% jets, and 2% helicopters.
Accidents and incidents
- 14 July 1994: A Cessna 310Q, registration number N310AE, went into an uncontrolled left-hand descent and impacted terrain during a practice single-engine go-around, destroying the aircraft and killing the student pilot and certified flight instructor (CFI) aboard. The landing gear was found to have been extended on impact, contrary to the manufacturer's recommended procedure to retract the gear when performing a go-around. The accident was attributed to "the CFI's failure to maintain minimum airspeed above VMC, resulting in a loss of control during the single engine go-around. Factors were not attaining runway alignment and the CFI's failure to retract the landing gear for the go-around procedure."
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- FAA Airport Master Record for GVT ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 8 April 2010.
- "American Eagle pilot reports smoke in cockpit after leaving D/FW; plane makes emergency landing". The Scoop Blog. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
- "NTSB Aviation Accident Final Report FTW94FA233". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
- This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
- Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History's Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
- Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
- Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Publisher: Pictorial Histories Pub, ISBN 1-57510-051-7
- Airport Homepage
- FAA Terminal Procedures for GVT, effective May 23, 2019
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