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Zephyrhills Municipal Airport
Zephyrhills Municipal Airport FL 5 Jan 1999.jpg
5 Jan 1999
IATA: ZPHICAO: KZPHFAA: ZPH
Summary
Airport type Public
Location Zephyrhills, Florida
Elevation AMSL 90 ft / 27 m
Coordinates 28°13′42″N 82°09′21″W / 28.22833°N 82.15583°W / 28.22833; -82.15583
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 5,001 1,524 Asphalt
18/36 5,072 1,546 Asphalt
Zephyrhills MAP is located in Florida
Zephyrhills MAP
Location of Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, Florida

Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (IATA: ZPHICAO: KZPHFAA LID: ZPH) is an airport in Zephyrhills, Florida.

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World War II

Opened in January 1943, as a sub-base of Alachua AAF. The airport was hosted by the 372d Army Air Force Base Unit under the Air University Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics (AAFSAT) tactical combat simulation school in Central and Northern Florida.

Headquartered at Orlando Army Air Base, the school's mission was to develop tactics and techniques of aerial warfare and to establish technical and tactical proficiency requirements for combat units to effectively engage and defeat enemy air forces. This was done with a wide variety of aircraft, including heavy strategic bombers; tactical fighters; medium and light bombers; reconnaissance and dive bombers, based at different airfields of the school.

The airfield was used by the 10th Fighter Squadron (Special), which initially flew P-40 Warhawks at the airfield from 4 Jan 1943-29 Jan 1944. The airfield was used to train pilots in ground intercept missions. In July 1943, the squadron converted to P-51 Mustangs. Zephyrhills AAF was also used as a standby landing strip for other USAAF aircraft flying in the area.

The military use of the airport ended on 31 Oct 1944 and in 1947 the airport was deeded to the city, which has run it ever since.[1][2]

Skydiving at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport

This airport has a long history of skydiving, possibly the longest continuous history of skydiving at any U.S. airport. Skydive City, Inc., founded in 1990, operates a skydiving center, or drop zone, on the southeast side of the airport. The predecessor drop zone was Phoenix Parachute Center, operated by George Kabeller, just north of the current drop zone. Prior to that, a drop zone was operated on the southwest side of the airport. Jim Hooper became the manager of Zephyrhills Parachute Center in December, 1976. Si Fraser owned The Zephyrhills Parachute Center. The drop zone was previously managed by Searles.

See also

References

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

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  • Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0892010975
  • 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.

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