Plaque remembers Thunderbird WWII training camp in Scottsdale

On April 2, a plaque was placed to remember that which was the “Thunderbird” second Air Corps. Training Camp during WWII, at what is now the Thunderbird Adventist Academy campus, 7410 E. Sutton Dr. in Scottsdale.

This academy currently includes flight training in its curriculum, following the tradition that originated on the campus, according to a press release.

The plaque reads:

“THUNDERBIRD Field #2 This campus and adjoining Scottsdale Municipal Airport began as Thunderbird Field #2 on June 22, 1942, in conjunction with previously established Thunderbird #1 in Glendale and Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona. These, and many other such civilian-developed, U.S. Army Air Corps supervised fields were built at the request of General Hap Arnolds and B.K. Yount to provide thousands of urgently needed pilots as the United States entered Word War II. By the time the field was de-commissioned on October 16, 1944, some 5,500 cadets had received their primary flight training here before moving on to advanced training at Army Air Corp bases and subsequent combat service, many making the ultimate sacrifice. This memorial is for those courageous cadets, patriotic men and women staff members who accepted their country’s call at Thunderbird Field #2 during the dark days of WWII, and to remind the living of the place in history of this special campus. Placed by the Thunderbird Academy Class of 1961 in reunion April, 2016”

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