On this day in Alabama history: Selma Army Air Base became active

On this day in Alabama history: Selma Army Air Base became active
Cadets R.J. Neal and G.D. Mabds climb into their pursuit plane at Craig Field, Southeastern Air Training Center, Selma, 1941. (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Aug. 4, 1940

What is now known as Craig Field Airport and Industrial Complex was initially known as Selma Army Air Base. The facility became active on this day in 1940 and was used to train pilots for World War II. For 37 years, it served as a training facility for the United States Army Air Corps. It now operates as a general-aviation airport for Selma residents.

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