The airport was opened in October 1943 as Stuttgart Army Airfield by the United States Army Air Forcesand was used as an advanced twin engine aircraft training school during World War II. Stuttgart AAF was commanded by the 426th Army Air Force Base Unit, part of the AAF Southeast Training Center.
Improvements to the site included an airport with four . runways and facilities for 6,000 personnel. The USAAF trained pilots in the use of gliders from October 1942 to May 1943 and twin-engine airplanes from May 1943 to December 1944 when the airfield was deactivated.
At the end of the war the airfield was determined to be excess by the War Department on 5 August 1946, were assumed by the War Assets Administration (WAA). Custody of the remaining 46.2 acres, which contained the housing units and the water and sewage facilities, was transferred to the Housing and Home Finance Agency, Public Housing Administration, on 31 January 1947.
In 1949, the WAA land and improvements were deeded to the City of Stuttgart, Arkansas, to establish the municipal airport. The city subsequently obtained the remaining 46.2 acres from the Public Housing Administration and now owns the entire used in connection with the former Stuttgart AAF. The transfer included a recapture clause by which the Government reserved specific rights of use and possession during a national emergency.
A SCCA road course was designed using the runways, with the first race in 1959. The last sports car race was held in 1978. A drag strip also existed from 1970 to 1972, operating as Stuttgart Dragway.
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