A historic Army airfield at Fort Sill, Oklahoma—just north of Lawton—is celebrating its centennial this year, and will mark the occasion with an open house and airshow. Organizers are seeking former military aircraft to participate in the event.
Henry Post Army Airfield was named for 2nd Lt. Henry Post, assigned to the Signal Corps Aviation School at Rockwell Field in San Diego, California, where he set an altitude record for Air Service aviation in December 1913, reaching an altitude of 10,500 feet. He died in an airplane crash on Feb. 9, 1914, after reaching an altitude of 12,140 feet.
Although no aviation units currently are based there, the historic airfield still has a balloon hangar—listed on the National Register of Historic Places—that was transported on railroad cars from the Navy’s Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, and reassembled at Fort Sill in 1935.
Fort Sill is marking the airfield’s centennial April 6 and 7. On Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. the post will host a free concert, open to the public, featuring Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band and other musical performances.
Gates open at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday for the airfield’s centennial celebration. An airshow and flyovers of military and historic aircraft will begin at 2 p.m. The celebration is free and open to the public. Fort Sill will post event updates online.
Maj. Michael Taylor is coordinating the event and is specifically interested in aircraft from the World War I and II eras. He has commitments already from a variety of World War II liaison and transport aircraft, a few helicopters, and some current military aircraft. Owners of appropriate aircraft interested in participating can email Taylor or call him at 580-442-4268.
The airport is not open to nonparticipating general aviation aircraft, Taylor noted. Pilots who wish to attend can fly in to Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport and arrange ground transportation from there.