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Nevada World War II Army Airfields

Us army air corps shield.svg

Part of World War II
Type Army Airfields
Built 1940-1944
In use 1940-Present

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

Most of these airfields were under the command of Fourth 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

Army Air Forces Training Command
Western Flight Training Command

AAF West Coast Training Center
70th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Usaf roundel.png Nellis Air Force Base
Indian Springs Airport, Indian Springs
Sub-base of Las Vegas AAF
Now: Usaf roundel.png Creech Air Force Base

Air Technical Service Command

Part of Sacramento Air Service Command
381st Army Air Force Base Unit
Later Stead Air Force Base (Air Defense Command base, Closed 1966)
Now: Reno Stead Airport (FAA LID: 4SD)

Fourth Air Force

413th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Tonopah Airport (IATA: TPHICAO: KTPH)


  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.
  • Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Pictorial Histories Pub . ISBN 1575100517
  • Military Airfields in World War II - Nevada

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