Alas, no – or none that anyone is familiar with.
Airport Director Jon Rosborough said he didn’t know of any military base – above or below ground – currently in use at the airport.
The airport, when it was largely just fields and dirt, was dedicated as Bluethenthal Field in 1928 in honor of Arthur Bluethenthal, a former All American football player and decorated World War I pilot who was the first North Carolinian to die in the war.
During World War II, the airport was a training base for P-47 Thunderbolt pilots.
It reverted to civilian ownership and use after the war.
Even Air Force aircraft that ferry high-ranking members of the administration around, notably the huge blue-and-white Boeing 747s or 757s whose call signs are Air Force One or Air Force Two when the president or vice president are on board, are often seen practicing touch-and-go landings.
Several privately owned historical military aircraft, including a World War II-era Douglas A-26 Invader light-attack bomber, are also based at the airport.
Date posted: January 5, 2011
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