Fort Worth Army Air Field

Fort Worth Army Air Field (HM2097)

Location: Fort Worth, TX 76114 Tarrant County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 45.774', W 97° 25.229'

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By January 1941, negotiations between Fort Worth civic advocates, led by Amon G. Carter, and the U.S. Army yielded an agreement to construct an aircraft plant near the city to build B-24 Liberator bombers. Legislation later authorized the creation of a landing field adjacent to the completed Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation Plant No. 4 which became Tarrant Field/Tarrant Field Airdrome. Three months after the U.S. joined World War II, the plant was in operation and the Army moved forward to create an Air Base to utilize this proximity between sites to facilitate B-24 crew training. This air base opened in August 1942 and was named Fort Worth Army Air Field (FWAAF) in May 1943, training more than 4,000 pilots between 1942 and 1944. It allowed the city to contribute substantially to victory for the U.S. and Allied Powers.

In late January 1948, FWAAF was renamed Carswell Air Force Base in honor of Fort Worth native and Medal of Honor recipient Major Horace S. Carswell, Jr. The site became a key U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) base during the Cold War, serving as a highly visible symbol of nuclear deterrence and force projection. The site was the first SAC base to be equipped with the Fort Worth-produced B-36 Peacemaker bomber and transitioned by 1959 to the legendary B-52 Stratofortress bomber.
In 1972, B-52s stationed here participated in the most powerful SAC campaign of the Vietnam War, Operation Linebacker II. After the end of the Cold War, Carswell AFB closed in September 1993.

In October 1994, the site reopened as Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, supporting active duty and reserve units in the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and the Texas Air National Guard. This base greatly aided training and support of the U.S. Military during the Global War on Terrorism and continues a long tradition of professional excellence in the defense of the Nation.

Marker is Property of the State of Texas
HM NumberHM2097
Year Placed2016
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 7:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 647953 N 3626106
Decimal Degrees32.76290000, -97.42048333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 45.774', W 97° 25.229'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 45' 46.44" N, 97° 25' 13.74" W
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Area Code(s)817
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 Pumphrey Dr, Fort Worth TX 76114, US
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