Victory Field (Texas)

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Victory Field
Part of Army Air Forces Training Command
Wilbarger County, near Vernon, Texas
Victory Field-TX-17Dec1994-USGS.jpg
1994 USGS photo
Coordinates34°04′40″N 099°17′36″W / 34.07778°N 99.29333°W / 34.07778; -99.29333Coordinates: 34°04′40″N 099°17′36″W / 34.07778°N 99.29333°W / 34.07778; -99.29333
TypeMilitary airfield
Site history
Built1941
In use1942-1945

Victory Field is a former military airfield, located approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) south-southwest of Vernon, Texas. It was closed in 1945 at the end of World War II.

History[edit]

Part of the Army Air Corps build up for World War II, Victory Field was built and activated in 1941. It was assigned to the Air Corps Flying Training Command, Gulf Coast Training Center (later Central Flying Training Command).

The facility was a primary (stage 1) pilot training airfield operated under contract by Hunter Flying Service & Richey Flying Service. Fairchild PT-19s were the primary trainer at the airfield. Thousands of cadets were trained and made their first solo flight at Victory Field. As the Army Air Corps succeeded in Europe it decided to draw down training and scheduled the closure of Victory Field in 1945.

Current use[edit]

In 1950, it was a TYC unit, closing in 2010. It remains today the Adoloscent Forensic Program for North Texas State Hospital.

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References[edit]

 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.[failed verification]

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