Pennsylvania World War II Army Airfields

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Pennsylvania World War II Army Airfields
US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg
Part of World War II
Type Army Airfields
Site history
Built 1940-1944
In use 1940-present

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

Most of these airfields were under the command of First 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[edit]

Air Technical Service Command

Now: Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport (ICAO: KVVSFAA LID: VVS)
487th/496th Army Air Force Base Unit
Was: Olmsted Air Force Base (1947-1968)
Now: Harrisburg International Airport (IATA: MDTICAO: KMDTFAA LID: MDT)

First Air Force

431st Army Air Force Base Unit (Reduced)
Now: Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHLICAO: KPHLFAA LID: PHL) This is the airport in Northeast Phila not the current Philadelphia International Airport in South Philadelphia.
390th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Reading Regional Airport (IATA: RDGICAO: KRDGFAA LID: RDG)

Air Transport Command

Now: Pittsburgh IAP Air Reserve Station (IATA: PITICAO: KPITFAA LID: PIT)

Army Air Forces Training Command

Contract Primary Pilot Training
Closed, 1950 Now: non-aviation industrial site.



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