Marlboro County Jetport - History

History

Opened on 8 October 1941. Known as Bennettsville Airport and Palmer Field. Began training United States Army Air Corps flying cadets under contract to Georgia Air Service, Inc & Southeastern Air Service, Inc., under 53d Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment (later 2152d Army Air Force Base Unit). Assigned to United States Army Air Forces East Coast Training Center (later Eastern Flying Training Command) as a primary (level 1) pilot training airfield. Had a 4,700' irregular all-direction turf field for landings and takeoffs. May have had four auxiliary airfields, although none have been identified. Flying training was performed with Fairchild PT-19s as the primary trainer. Also had several PT-17 Stearmans assigned.

Inactivated on 16 October 1944 with the drawdown of AAFTC's pilot training program. Declared surplus and turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers on 30 September 1945. Eventually discharged to the War Assets Administration (WAA) and became a civil airport.

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