Named in honor of the former vice president, Garner Field opened in 1941 as a World War II primary pilot training school. The field’s Hangar #1 now houses the Aviation Museum at Garner Field, which preserves military and civil aviation history. Restored and flying World War II aircraft include a Fairchild PT-19 cadet training plane and an L-4 Piper target spotting plane. Artifacts range from the 1944 USS Uvalde’s ship compass to the fur-lined uniform of a civilian who taught military cadets how to fly.
Watch the following video to learn more about World War II airfields and pilot training in Texas.This video was produced for inclusion in the World War II on the Texas Home Front mobile tour found in our Texas Time Travel mobile app. Learn more about the tour and the app on the World War II theme page at the following link: http://texastimetravel.com/travel-themes/main-world-war-ii