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Throwback Thursday: September 17th

Presque Isle Airbase Celebrates 79 years.
Published: Sep. 17, 2020 at 7:10 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - The Presque Isle Army Airfield was originally dedicated on September 15th, 1941. According to Kim Smith of the Presque Isle Historical society, it had a big impact on the defense of our nation.

When the U.S. government began to consider taking part in world war 2, they used eminent domain to claim the airport as a strategic point for an airbase.

“In the fall of 1940, they brought in contractors and built 60 buildings in 60 days to establish our base. For the first 7 years, 1940 to 1947, it was the Army Airfield.”

Kim Smith, Secretary Treasurer for the Presque Isle Historical Society

In 1947 the Army Airfield was changed to the Army Airbase. During that time it was also a base hospital and famous celebrities of the time came to show support for the troops.

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