MOORE AIR FORCE BASE
MOORE AIR FORCE BASE. Moore Air Force Base was established in September 1941 as Moore Field, fourteen miles northwest of Mission. The 1,087-acre field was named for 2d Lt. Frank Murchison Moore, a native of Houston, who was killed in World War I. The flight school for advanced pilots of single-engine planes trained 6,000 pilots before it was closed on October 31, 1945. In 1950 part of the field was operating as the Weaver H. Baker Memorial Sanatorium, and part was jointly operated by Mission, McAllen, and Edinburg as Tri-Cities Municipal Airport. In 1954, after the closing of the sanatorium and as part of the Cold War military expansion by the United States, the base was reactivated under the name Moore Air Force Base. By December 1960 some 4,000 Air Force pilots received their primary flight training and academic instruction at this base. From July 1959 until the base was again deactivated, the six-month training program featured jet-plane flight instruction. In February 1962 about half of the site was turned over to a private industry trying to eradicate the screwworm fly.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Lucy H. Wallace, "Moore Air Force Base," accessed August 28, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qbm03.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.