We recently came upon a five-part series about the history of Kelly Field, located adjacent to Lackland Air Force Base (JB San Antonio), which is getting ready to celebrate its 100th anniversary and wanted to share the five-part series with you! Within the series writer Jeremy Gerlach, with the 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office, provides an interesting and detailed recount of Kelly Field’s place in American history.
We hope you enjoy reading the first installment. Be sure to check back next week for part two!
A San Antonio worker tills the ground at Kelly Field in 1919 as squadrons of U.S. planes fly overhead. During the early 20th century, pilots at the airfield had to land on an unpaved segment of dirt and grass. Courtesy photo