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Perry–Foley Airport
Perry Army Airfield
Perry-Foley Airport - Florida.jpg
2006 USGS airphoto
Summary
Airport typePublic use
Owner Taylor County, Florida
OperatorBill Roberts Airport Manager
Serves Perry, Florida
Location Taylor County, Florida
Elevation  AMSL45 ft / 14 m
Coordinates 30°04′20″N 083°34′42″W / 30.07222°N 83.57833°W / 30.07222; -83.57833
PERRY-FOLEY AIRPORT Latitude and Longitude:

30°04′20″N 083°34′42″W / 30.07222°N 83.57833°W / 30.07222; -83.57833
Website http://taylorcountygov.com/airport/index.htm[ Perry-Foley Airport]
Map
FPY is located in Florida
FPY
FPY
Location of Perry–Foley Airport
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 4,754 1,449 Asphalt
18/36 5,010 1,527 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft operations18,400
Based aircraft11

Perry–Foley Airport ( IATA: FPY, FAA LID: 40J) is a public-use airport located 3 miles (4.8 km) south of the central business district of the city of Perry in Taylor County, Florida, United States. The airport is publicly owned. [1]

History

During World War II, the airfield was constructed and used by the Third Air Force of the United States Army Air Forces for training.

Developed on 862 acres (3.49 km2), Perry Army Airfield became operational on 9 June 1943 as a sub-base to Dale Mabry Army Airfield in Tallahassee, Florida under the authority of the 338th Fighter Group of the Third Air Force.

Perry AAF was a replacement training unit, hosting the 312th and 441st Fighter Squadrons. Pilots received their final training in P-40 Warhawks, P-47 Thunderbolts, and P-51 Mustangs at Perry AAF prior to joining operational units in the European or Pacific theaters.

With the close of hostilities, the last military pilots left Perry AAF in September 1945. The airfield was subsequently deeded to Taylor County by the War Assets Administration in April 1947, and the field reverted to civilian aviation purposes. It has been used as a general aviation airfield ever since. [2]

See also

References

 This article incorporates  public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Maurer, Maurer (ed.). Combat Squadrons of the Air Force: World War II. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1982 ISBN  0-405-12194-6.
  • Maurer, Maurer (ed.), Air Force Combat Units of World War II, History and Insignia, USAF Historical Division, Washington, DC, 1961 (reprint 1983) ISBN  0-89201-092-4
  • Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
  • World War II airfields database: Florida
  • AFJRA Search Perry Army Airfield
  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for 40J ( Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-02-14
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2004-09-02. Retrieved 2009-05-01.

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