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    Default TEXAS - Pyote Army Airfield / Rattlesnake Bomber Base

    Taken from Wikipedia

    Pyote Air Force Base was a World War II United States Army Air Forces training airbase. It was on 2,745 acres (1,111 ha) a mile from the town of Pyote, Texas on Interstate 20, twenty miles west of Monahans and just south of U.S. Highway 80, 230 miles (370 km) east of El Paso.

    It was nicknamed "Rattlesnake Bomber Base" for the numerous rattlesnake dens that were uncovered during its construction.

    At the height of its use in 1944, the base had over 6,000 officers and enlisted men either permanently assigned or temporarily attached. In addition, there were hundreds of civilians that came from all over the United States to work on the base.

    After World War II, thousands of reserve aircraft were stored there, one of which was the B-29 "Enola Gay".

    Today, most of the base is gone. Other than the concrete runways, taxiways and ramp, virtually nothing remains that would tell the casual observer that this was once a major training center responsible for turning out highly trained flying crews. the West Texas State School is now situated on the site. Located on I-20 at exit 66.



    A little more info here;
    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tx...omber_base.htm
    http://www.airfields-freeman.com/TX/...TX_W.htm#pyote

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    Default Re: Pyote Army Airfield / Rattlesnake Bomber Base

    I was amazed at how many airfields there are in Texas, never mind Bomber County!

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    You should see the ones I have found in Florida! Loads there too!

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    Default Re: USA - Texas - Pyote Army Airfield / Rattlesnake Bomber Base

    There was an article aqbout the base in Flypast a few years ago.

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    Default Re: USA - Texas - Pyote Army Airfield / Rattlesnake Bomber Base

    4 bombing ranges plus a ground firing range and an air to ground range were associated with this airfield

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