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