Moore Air Force Base

By: Lucy H. Wallace

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: April 1, 1995

Moore Air Force Base was established in September 1941 as Moore Field, fourteen miles northwest of Mission. The 1,087-acre field was named for 2d Lt. Frank Murchison Moore, a native of Houston, who was killed in World War I. The flight school for advanced pilots of single-engine planes trained 6,000 pilots before it was closed on October 31, 1945. In 1950 part of the field was operating as the Weaver H. Baker Memorial Sanatorium, and part was jointly operated by Mission, McAllen, and Edinburg as Tri-Cities Municipal Airport. In 1954, after the closing of the sanatorium and as part of the Cold War military expansion by the United States, the base was reactivated under the name Moore Air Force Base. By December 1960 some 4,000 Air Force pilots received their primary flight training and academic instruction at this base. From July 1959 until the base was again deactivated, the six-month training program featured jet-plane flight instruction. In February 1962 about half of the site was turned over to a private industry trying to eradicate the screwworm fly.

Corpus Christi Caller-Times, July 27, 1958. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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Lucy H. Wallace, “Moore Air Force Base,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 06, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995