Blackland Army Air Field

By: Art Leatherwood

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994

Blackland Army Air Field, five miles northwest of Waco, was activated in June 1942. It was initially named China Springs Army Air Field and was also known as Waco Army Air Field No. 2 before being renamed after the local black soil. It was first a glider training school and in October 1942 became an advanced two-engine pilot school. The field became inactive on October 31, 1945, and by 1950 was operating as Waco Municipal Airport. Some buildings were used as a public housing project.

Patricia Ward Wallace, Our Land, Our Lives: A Pictorial History of McLennan County (Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Virginia, 1986).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Art Leatherwood, “Blackland Army Air Field,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 28, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994