Majors Airport is an airport located in Greenville, Texas. The airport has one runway.
Majors Airport, originally named Majors Field, is mostly used for general aviation, but is also home to an L-3 Communications facility that is used to modify aircraft.
Majors Airport, named for Truett Majors, the first Hunt County
native to perish in World War II
, began operations on June 26
, as a training center for the United States Army Air Forces
. Greenville was chosen as a site for the USAAF
flight-training center due to the efforts of the influential politician Sam Rayburn
. The airport was at one point the home to approximately 5,000 pilots, support personnel, and civilian employees. In addition to training United States Army pilots, the airfield was the training site for Escuadrón 201
of the Mexican Air Force
. The training center was closed after the defeat of Germany
in July 1945
; the city of Greenville then took ownership of the property, then leased the site to TEMCO
(later L-3 Communications).
- Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Publisher: Pictorial Histories Pub, ISBN 1575100517