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West Woodward Airport
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IATA: WWRICAO: KWWR
Summary
Airport type General Aviation
Owner City of Woodward
Operator Woodward, Oklahoma
Location 2189
Elevation AMSL 667.2 ft / m
Coordinates 36°26′16.8″N 99°31′21.6″W / 36.438°N 99.522667°W / 36.438; -99.522667
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 5,502 1,677 Asphalt
5/23 2,500 762 Asphalt

West Woodward Airport (IATA: WWRICAO: KWWR) is a general aviation airport, located 6 miles west of the City of Woodward, Oklahoma downtown business district.

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History

The airfield was built by the United States Army Air Forces in the fall of 1942 and early 1943 as an aircrew training field. Opened in March 1943 during World War II, the facility was known as Woodward Army Airfield and was assigned to the Second Air Force.

In the fall of 1943, the 409th Bombardment Group trained at the airfield with Douglas A-20 Havocs before being assigned overseas to the Ninth Air Force in England. The 408th Fighter-Bomber Group trained at the airfield with a variety of aircraft (A-24, A-26, P-40, and P-47) in the spring of 1944.

The airfield was returned to civil use at the end of the war.

Reactivated by the USAF Air Defense Command in 1952 as the Oklahoma City Air Force Station.

The 746th AC&W Squadron began operating a pair of AN/FPS-10 radars from this site in May 1952. An AN/FPS-6 height-finder radar was added in 1958. The AN/FPS-l0’s were phased out, with the last one being removed in 1962.

The ADC Oklahoma City Air Defense Sector operated from the facility between 1960-1966. In 1963 this was an ADC/FAA joint-use facility. The site used AN/FPS-67 search and AN/FPS-6 height-finder radars. In 1965 the search radar was upgraded to the AN/FPS-67B variant.

The Air Force deactivated the 746th Radar Squadron (SAGE) 8 September 1968. The FAA continues to operate the search radar today.

See also

References

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.

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