ONE FOR THE OKLAHOMA HISTORY BOOK

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By: Max J. Nichols, Oklahoma Historical Society

Aviation pioneering in Oklahoma goes back to August 1917, when the Henry Post Army Airfield was established at Fort Sill as part of nationwide military preparations for World War I. Company A of the 1st Balloon Squadron arrived from Omaha on Sept. 5, 1917.

That led eventually to the building of the Balloon Hanger, which served the needs of Post Field until 1943, when other pioneer aviation innovators blazed new trails in the skies.

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