We are now able to offer a new "ride-along" Airborne experience. Individuals will be allowed to go "Airborne" along with jump team members on a C47 flight. Hear and feel what it's like to ride in a WWII vintage aircraft and watch the troops dressed in WWII uniforms and equipment "Stand Up & hook Up".
To learn more about this opportunity contact us at: operations_@_wwiiadt.org
Established in 1902, because of the railroad
expansion in the region,
Work began on the development of what was to become
Frederick Army Airfield in 1942 as the US Army Air Force began one of
the most amazing expansions in military history.
However, within a few months one of the newest
advanced flying schools in the
As work was completed on many projects around the facility and military personnel poured onto the base, in February 1943, the Allied Engineering Company completed its work and withdrew from the base. The base commander was delighted when on April 23rd, 1943 the first consignment of cadets arrived to commence their final nine weeks of training before receiving their silver wings. By this time the base had expanded in size and the facilities that any small town would require were on site, with more yet to come.
Wedding at Base Chapel
Buildings were established where cadets would undertake their military training in flying instruction as well as navigation, engineering, maintenance, weather prediction, photography, radio operation and signals. Facilities also included many support services like hospital, guard house, quartermaster and even a theater for those relaxation hours.
Dance with local girls
Every single aspect of each cadetís care and welfare had to be created from scratch. Be it barracks for them to sleep in, the laundry to wash their clothes or the mess hall to feed their hungry appetites, Frederick Army Airfield had it on site or it was in the process of being built.
Post Mess Hall
Graduation of the first class of cadets took place on June 26th, 1943, when a proud commander saw the culmination of many months hard work as Officers and enlisted men marked the end of this phase of the development of this phase of the nationís training program. A phase in which Frederick Army Air Field was to play an important part. So it came as no surprise to the commander when on July 18th 1943, Frederick Army Airfield held its first ďOpen HouseĒ and some 20,000 inquisitive civilian visitors poured through the field gates to inspect the facility and left offering loud praise for this new part of the nationís defense.
Review of Cadets
So, Frederick Army Airfield would take its rightful
place, alongside more established Army Airfields, producing the type of
highly trained men that were needed on the battlefront. Its graduates
would take up that challenge thrown down by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor
and by their Axis allies in