San Marcos Army Air Field was a World War II navigator training school. The fi eld’s sole surviving war hangar is now home to the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. Visitors view flying vintage aircraft — including a B-25 Mitchell bomber and a P-39 Airacobra pursuit plane. The hangar also has replicas of a Japanese torpedo bomber and a Zero fighter, both flown in the movie “Tora,Tora, Tora.” The Centex Wing Museum highlights military aviation memorabilia, especially World War II. One exhibit displays part of the B-25 seat back of Lt. Col. Jimmie Doolittle, the legendary pilot who led America’s first attack on the Japanese mainland. Also displayed are the uniform and parachute ring of Doolittle’s navigator, Hank Potter.
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
Central Texas Wing-Commemorative Air Force
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