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Coordinates: 42°55′57″N 071°26′08″W / 42.9325°N 71.43556°W / 42.9325; -71.43556

Grenier Air Force Base
Grenier AFB NH - 11 Apr 1998.jpg
The former Grenier AFB, April 1998
IATA: MHTICAO: KMHTFAA: MHT
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Manchester
Serves Manchester, New Hampshire
Elevation AMSL 266 ft / 81 m
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 9,250 2,819 Asphalt
6/24 7,150 2,179 Asphalt
For the civil use of this facility and airport information, see Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
Grenier AFB is located in New Hampshire
Grenier AFB
Location of Grenier Air Force Base, New Hampshire

Grenier Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base located three miles (5 km) south of the central business district of Manchester, New Hampshire on the county line of Hillsborough and Rockingham counties. After its closure in 1966, it was reused as Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

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History

The Manchester airport was founded in June 1927, when the city's Board of Mayor and Aldermen put $15,000 towards the project. By October, a board of aviation had been founded and ground was broken at an 84 acre site near Pine Island Pond. It took only a month for two 1,800-foot (550 m) runways to be constructed. After the formation of Northeast Airways at the site in 1933, the first passenger terminal was built.

During World War II, the airport was the home for up to 6,000 troops and several antisubmarine groups and squadrons of I Bomber Command and later Army Air Forces Antisubmarine Command with a mission to patrol the Atlantic coast, locate and attack German U-Boats. During the war, bombers and fighters practiced over the area now known as New Boston Air Force Station.

A P-52 from the 82nd Fighter Group at Grenier in 1949

On February 22, 1942, the base was dedicated as Grenier Field to honor 2nd Lt Jean Donat Grenier, born in Manchester on November 24, 1909, and killed on February 16, 1934.

With the establishment of a separate United States Air Force in 1947, Grenier Field was renamed as Grenier Air Force Base. The current Manchester airport began to take shape as a joint civilian-military facility in the 1960s. In 1961, an $850,000 terminal opened. In 1966, the Air Force removed its remaining forces and closed Grenier AFB, leaving the airport open for expansion.

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References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office 1961 (republished 1983, Office of Air Force History, ISBN 0-912799-02-1).
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History 1984. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.

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