Troop 603 Cave Creek tours Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial

About 25 scouts from Troop 603 Cave Creek and their families received a personal tour of the veterans’ memorial at the Scottsdale Airport.

The first official public tour of Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, noted as “Scottsdale’s only true veterans’ memorial,” was March 16, according to a press release.

The tour was followed by a demonstration by the Scottsdale Airport Fire Station foam truck and snacks at Volanti Restaurant in the business center, the release added.

Thunderbird Field II, now the Scottsdale Airport, was built in 1942 for the purpose of training WWII Army Air Corp pilots. The Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial honors early aviation pioneers and all the sacrifices of all veterans, the release said.

Thunderbird Field II graduated more than 5,500 pilots, many of whom saw military action in Europe and the Pacific, the release noted, adding that the school was deactivated on October 16, 1944.

The Thunderbird Field II Plaza at the entrance to the new Scottsdale Airport terminal, business center and restaurant, includes touch screen kiosks with information on Thunderbird Field II and its military history, according to the release.

The centerpiece of the memorial is a Stearman PT-17, the aircraft used for training at Thunderbird Field II. The service plaques for all of armed services as well as the revered POW-MIA plaque are on display, the release stated.

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