Ellington Field

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Ellington Field was one of 32 training airfields authorized by Congress in 1917. During World War I, it became one of the most highly regarded training fields in the United States, reaching a peak of 250 aircraft and 5,000 troops. From that peak, it experienced many ups and downs. Closed by 1940, it was reopened for World War II to conduct advanced aviation training. Closed again in 1946, it reopened for the Cold War as a combat and training air base. It then became NASA’s airfield for Johnson Space Center. As the Cold War wound down, in 1984 Ellington became Houston’s third municipal airport. From Jennies to jets, Ellington’s story mirrors America’s aviation history from 1917 to the 21st century.
ISBN: 9781467104807
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of Aviation
Images: 211
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Mark Lardas is the author of numerous books on aviation, maritime, naval, and Texas history. A resident of the Houston area, he has maintained a longtime interest in Ellington Field, now Ellington Airport. With generous assistance from the Lone Star Flight Museum, the Houston Airport System, the 147th Attack Wing, and individuals equally enthralled by Ellington, he has assembled a fascinating collection of images illustrating the history of the airport, from its earliest years to the present day, including plans to turn it into America’s eighth spaceport.
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