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Garner Field

Garner Field
1995 USGS Photo
Airport information
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Uvalde
ServesUvalde, Texas
Elevation287 m (942 ft)
Aircraft operations12565
Based aircraft48

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Garner Field is a city-owned public-use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) east of the central business district of Uvalde, a city in Uvalde County, Texas, United States. The facility is named for John Nance Garner, 32nd Vice President of the United States.

Opened in October 1941 with three 6'000 hard surfaced runways, (00/18; 04/27; 15/33). Began training United States Army Air Corps flying cadets under contract to Hangar Six Corp with 305th Fling Training Detachment (Contract Pilot School). Assigned to Gulf Coast Training Center (later Central Flying Training Command) as a primary (level 1) pilot training airfield. Hangar Six, Inc. conducted pilot training. Airfield had four local auxiliary airfields for emergency and overflow landings. Flying training was performed with Fairchild PT-19s as the primary trainer. Also had several PT-17 Stearmans and a few P-40 Warhawks assigned.

Inactivated on 30 June 1945 with the drawdown of AAFTC's pilot training program. Declared surplus and turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers on 30 September 1945. Eventually discharged to the War Assets Administration (WAA) and became a civil airport. Very little of the wartime airfield still exists, as most of the airfield has been rebuilt as Southwest Texas Junior College.

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