The Great Plains During World War II

Kearney AAF
Base to Stay

But Army Silent on
Other State Posts

World-Herald Washington Bureau
239 National Press Bldg.

The Army airfield at Kearney was the only Nebraska military air facility recommended Monday night by the Army Air Forces to be retained for permanent peacetime military use.

The Air Forces made a report, based on a two-month study, proposing that 85 fields and other facilities in the United States be retained for the "interim" Army air establishment.

It explained that the "interim" force is what the War Department expects to operate until Congress decides the size of the post-war air force.

Others Not Abandoned

The report stressed that airfields not included in the plan are not necessarily to be considered as abandoned. The plan is subject to War Department review and Congressional allotment of funds.

Senator Wherry of Nebraska said the report indicates to him that "Lincoln airbase and the rest of Nebraska's Army airfields aren't in the War Department picture for peace-time military use. In due time they probably will be recommended for disposal as surplus."

The possibility that the "permanent" list may be smaller than the "interim" one was seen in the Air Forces statement that the list is based on "maximum requirements for the interim air force."

Auxiliary Fields Still Studied

Secondard flying fields and wartime auxiliary air establishments were not considered in this report. Their disposition is now under study, the statement explained.

Neither does the list include recommend facilities for the organized reserve, National Guard air unites or the Army airways system.

The Kearney field was recommended as one of 24 bases for combat air units.

Other proposed combat stations in the Midwest are Rapid City (S. D.) Airbase, Smoky Hill Airfield at Saline, Kans., and Casper (Wyo.) Army Airfield.

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