Colorado World War II Army Airfields

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Colorado World War II Army Airfields

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Part of World War II
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Colorado World War II Army Airfields is located in Colorado
Buckley AAF
Lowry AAB
Colorado Springs/Peterson AAB
Leadville AAF
La Junta AAF
Stapleton MAP
Pueblo AAB
Map Of Colorado World War II Army Airfields
Type Army Airfields
Coordinates Latitude:
Built 1940-1944
In use 1940-present
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Garrison Second Air Force
Army Air Force Training Command

Colorado World War II Army Airfields were major United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) training centers for pilots and aircrews.

During World War II these Colorado airfields were under the command of Third Air Force or the Army Air Forces Training Command (AAFTC) (A predecessor of the current-day United States Air Force Air Education and Training Command). However the other USAAF support commands (Air Technical Service Command (ATSC); Air Transport Command (ATC) or Troop Carrier Command) commanded a significant number of airfields in a support roles.

It is still possible to find remnants of these wartime airfields. Many were converted into municipal airports, some were returned to agriculture and several were retained as United States Air Force installations and were front-line bases during the Cold War. Hundreds of the temporary buildings that were used survive today, and are being used for other purposes.

The Colorado Aviation Historical Society (CAHS) has an aviation archaeology (AvAr) program[1] that includes document research, site investigation, data gathering, and archiving of the history of these USAAF fields, as well as other abandon airfields throughout Colorado. AvAr researches, investigates, and archives the history and findings of military, commercial, and general aviation crash sites. It also includes old Lowry missile silos, and old navigational beacon.

Major Airfields

Army Air Forces Flying Training Command (1942)

  • Buckley Field AAF, Aurora
Western Technical Training Command
336th Army Air Force Base Unit
Was: Naval Air Station Denver (1947-59); Buckley Air National Guard Base (1959-2000)
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Buckley Air Force Base
  • Lowry AFB, Denver
Western Technical Training Command
22d Army Air Force Base Unit
Was Lowry Air Force Base (1938-1994) with Lowry Technical Training Center
Now: Part of Denver urbanized area.
Remains: Air Reserve Personnel Center and Defense Finance and Accounting Service
  • Colorado Springs/Peterson Field, AAF Colorado Springs, Colorado
Western Technical Training Command
373d Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Roundel of the USAF.svg Peterson Air Force Base
  • Leadville AF Aux, Leadville
Emergency Landing Airfield
Now: no trace of facility. Completely returned to natural state.

Air Technical Service Command

  • Stapleton Field/Denver MAP, Denver
Used as a maintenance / supply depot
Stapleton closed in 1995 and redeveloped as urban area.

Second Air Force

402d Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: La Junta Municipal Airport (IATA: LHX, ICAO: KLHX)
360th Army Air Force Base Unit
Now: Pueblo Memorial Airport (IATA: PUB, ICAO: KPUB)

See also


  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.
  • Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Pictorial Histories Pub . ISBN 1-57510-051-7
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