Historic Markers Across Florida



Naval Air Station - Melbourne



Marker ID: FLHM F-441
Location: intersection of Eddie Allan Rd and Playhouse Rd, Melbourne, FL
County: Alachua
Coordinates: N 28° 5.495    W 080° 37.83
  28.09158333    -80.6305
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



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Naval Air Station Melbourne


This site was the 129-building Naval Air Station constructed at the Melbourne Municipal Airport at the beginning of World War II. It was commissioned as Operational Training Unit No. 2 on October 20, 1942 and closed on February 15, 1946. The Station was used for training newly commissioned Navy and Marine pilots. There were over 2,200 pilots who trained in Grumman F4F Wildcat and F6F Hellcat fighter planes. Of the pilots trained there, 63 died in aerial accidents and two enlisted men died in ground-related accidents. The location served more than 310 officers and 1,355 enlisted personnel. Today the area is operated by the City of Melbourne Airport Authority. Florida Heritage Landmark

2001 - Sponsored by the Melbourne Airport Authority Property Manager
and the Florida Department of State. .



Notes:

The actual title of this marker maybe different from what I have.