Victory Field (Texas)
|Part of Army Air Forces Training Command|
|Wilbarger County, near Vernon, Texas|
1994 USGS photo
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Part of the Army Air Corps build up for World War II, Victory Field was built and activated in 1941. It was assigned to the Air Corps Flying Training Command, Gulf Coast Training Center (later Central Flying Training Command).
The facility was a primary (stage 1) pilot training airfield operated under contract by Hunter Flying Service & Richey Flying Service. Fairchild PT-19s were the primary trainer at the airfield. Thousands of cadets were trained and made their first solo flight at Victory Field. As the Army Air Corps succeeded in Europe it decided to draw down training and scheduled the closure of Victory Field in 1945.
In 1950, the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) took over the facility, opening it as Vernon Center, a unit of Wichita Falls State Hospital. It remains today a Texas Youth Commission facility.
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- 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.[not in citation given]