South Plains Army Airfield in Lubbock, Texas, was a major training base for US Army Air Force glider pilots during World War II. This new pictorial history shares the story of the airfield through vintage images. Approximately 80 percent of the roughly 6,000 pilots trained to fly the combat cargo glider received their advanced training and were awarded their “G” Wings at SPAAF, as it was known. The book shares how the base was conceived, built, used and then closed in a short five-year period during World War II.
Today, little remains to remind one of the feverish and important military training programs that once took place on the flat, featureless South Plains of Texas. Author Donald R. Abbe shares information on World War II”s American military strategies and tactics, which included a significant airborne component. Major invasions, such as D-Day at Normandy, were preceded by huge aerial fleets carrying paratroopers and their equipment. These airborne invasion fleets were conducted by Allied gliders. The American airborne forces depended upon an ungainly looking aircraft, the CG-4A glider, to carry the vehicles, munitions and reinforcements needed to survive. The pilots who flew them learned their trade at South Plains Army Airfield.
Abbe states, “The history of the base and the glider program is very unique and will have both a strong local interest and a national interest as well.” South Plains Army Airfield will preserve the airfield’s history for future generations.
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6020 34th Street, Lubbock TX 79407
When: Friday, June 13th, 2014; 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.
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South Plains Army Airfield
by Donald R. Abbe
Images of America Series
128 pages/ softcover
Available: April 28, 2014