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Old 12-23-2015, 10:01 AM
CharlieEcho CharlieEcho is offline
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If you go to the home page of the original posted link, they provide abandon fields state by state. I'd went to look at Bong Field in Wisconsin, since we used it for training in the late sixties and early seventies with helicopters and Army Rangers. At the time there were still a few old buildings at the field. It's now a state or national wildlife area.
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:05 AM
GM1MAN GM1MAN is offline
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Thank you so much for this post, my late Dad was in the Army Air Corps. during WW II, it is amazing to see the conditions under which these fine men had to live and serve.
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:25 AM
CalvaryCop CalvaryCop is offline
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I lived on a Former Army Airfield in Florida.Buckingham Airfield.They trained aerial gunners during the war.Clark Gable was one of the instructors before he was assigned to bombers himself, It is now managed by Lee County.Mosquito Control has a small fleet of C-47's bug sprayers and helicopters. The old runways are gone but the 4000ftx300ft concrete parking pads are now used for runways.The base area is now an aviation housing development. Houses have Hangers where private aircraft are kept. You taxi your plane down the street to the field and take off to where ever you are going. Upon returning you taxi back to your house and you are home.We have had a B-17 and a PBY- Catalina as well as other warbirds visit us. The lee County Sheriffs Dept have facilitys there.
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:25 PM
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Additional Florida base information:

Eglin Aux Field 1, aka Wagner Field is where the Doolittle Raid pilots did their training, also the YMC-130 (STOL) that was to be used for the Iranian Hostage Rescue was tested there, crashed there and is buried there.

The Son Tay raid was practiced out of Eglin Aux Field 3, aka Duke Field. The movie 12 O'clock High was also filmed out of there.
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Old 12-24-2015, 12:43 PM
VMFn542bob VMFn542bob is offline
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Abandoned airports are everywhere out here in SW Arizona.

A few years ago I was with a friend in a 4-wheel drive, crossing the AZ desert through the Estrella mountains. We came across an apparently abandoned airport. It had a locked chain link fence around it and no one manning the control tower. In the few minutes we were there, we watched several small planes do practice landings and immediate takeoffs. Not far from there is a well known drug drop area for awaiting ATVs. It is not a good place to be driving around without having easy access to a long range gun. The rule we follow is never alone and always let someone know where we are going so our family can recover our remains. We do live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, but so do a lot of really bad people that are not supposed to be here.
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Old 04-09-2016, 06:10 PM
Kevin in NH Kevin in NH is offline
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Thanks for posting, great photos!
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Old 04-10-2016, 01:30 AM
craig58 craig58 is offline
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Good stuff. Love the pic with the 2 P-47s taking off just over the guy's head. Thanks for posting.
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Old 04-10-2016, 09:55 AM
aka108 aka108 is offline
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We have some in the USA to. In Tallahassee there was the Dale Mabry field build in WW2 as a training facility for the Army Air Corps. After the War it was used as a commercial airport. Now it is covered with houses and very few pieces of it now exist.

If you go thru West Wendover, UT you will be adjacent to a airbase used by Paul Tibbets as a training field for his squadron for the atomic bombing of Japan. The hangars and a few of the wood buildings still exist but in bad shape. The airstrip is in limited use for small aircraft.
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Old 04-10-2016, 10:27 AM
Tinpig Tinpig is offline
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Great link, thanks.
Interesting to see the Coast Guard LORAN station (1960-1992) on Kure Atoll. Must have been pretty nice duty.

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Old 04-10-2016, 12:13 PM
cscmc1 cscmc1 is offline
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I've spent way too much time on that site over the years. It's a good one!
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