ARMY AIR FIELD AT NEWPORT

NOW USED BY MARINES

Newport, Ark., June 21, 1944--(UP)--The Newport Army Air Field no longer exists.  The last basic training plane at the school landed Saturday, thus completing the first major step in transferring the field from training Army pilots to that of training Marine Corps fliers.

The first detachment of from 50 to 100 Navy personnel was expected to arrive today.  And training of Marine pilots is to start on July 15.

Four thousand Army pilots received basic training at Newport field from Dec. 25, 1942, to this week.  Some 425,000 hours were flown during the time, with only 20 fatalities.

Used with permission of United Press International (via  Debbie Kane)

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