History of EAAF
A top flight training unit of the Army Air Forces is the Enid Army Air Field, where class after class of Uncle Sam’s fledgling birdmen are put through the next to the last step toward their coveted wings and a crack at the Axis, it is making history in a country rich in that commodity.
Today a new breed of pioneer — the Aviation Cadet — perhaps more youthful, certainly as brave and rugged, is flying the same route in a silver monoplane. The old Chisholm Trail is still there, but now it’s a thin ribbon of concrete highway at the front door of the air base, when viewed from a training plane.
The field was built in record time. Rows of neat white barracks rose, runways were laid, administrative buildings and hangars erected — and a compact military city sprang into busy existence on the Oklahoma prairie. Above the tall flagpole, training planes roared in echelon, did slow rolls and practiced landings.
The project officer during the construction period was Major H. W. Dorr, a soldier with flying in his blood. He won his army wings at 20 and had watched military aviation grow up. Now he is Colonel Dorr and commanding officer of the field. He directs the four and a half million dollar enterprise in the job of training Aviation Cadets in the basic phase of flying and to train the ground crews who “Keep ‘Em Flying.”