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Cheyenne Army Airfield

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

During World War II the airport was a completion and modification center for B-17s. Captain Ralph S. Johnson was a test pilot for the then United States Army Air Corps, forerunner to the United States Air Force. The tail turret on the B-17 is known as the "Cheyenne" turret because it was invented at Cheyenne. United Airlines maintained its Douglas DC-3s at Cheyenne; in 1946 it had 1400 employees based locally.[3] Until 1961 the airport was the training center for United Airlines stewardesses from across the country.

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  • 42-30026 BATTLE WAGON

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Bangor 20/4/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG as BATTLE WAGON but not to UK; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-J] 29/5/43; Returned to the USA 13/7/43; 4100 BU Patterson 31/7/43; 4000 BU Patterson 5/12/43...

  • 42-5307 Knucklehead

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/11/42; Assigned 462BS/331BG Casper 3/12/42; force landed Alamagordo thru mech failure with Fred Stone 2/1/43; Pyote 16/3/43; Dalhart 16/5/43; Tinker 4/8/43; 202 BU Galveston 20/7/44; 223 BU Dyersburg 23/2/45; 330 BU Dyersburg 1/3...

  • 42-97093 I'll Get By

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/1/44; Kearney 14/2/44; Presque Is 20/2/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-S] Framlingham 3/3/44 DOC'S FLYING CIRCUS, then GIRL OF MY DREAMS; on mission 21/7/44 with ? , Lt Sam Dubin (Killed in Action); severe icing during assembly for...

  • 42-97825 Phyllis

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/4/44; Cheyenne 1/5/44; Hunter 16/5/44; Grenier 6/6/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 28/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 29/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 5/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA...


Date Contributor Update
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Date Contributor Update
29 October 2020 17:54:06 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude and history