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Top row, from left: Tarrant Air Base Fire Department badge and Consolidated Vultee Aircraft token from 1940s; Fort Worth
International Airport during the 1950s; cover from the Fort Worth magazine, March 1949, showing a drawing of the new
Greater Fort Worth International Airport. Bottom row, from left: General Dynamics' brochure showing planes built in Fort
Worth from 1940 to 1986; drawing of early mail service at Meacham Airport; and an American Airlines ticket folder, identification
card, and calling card from Meacham Airport, circa 1930s. All from the private collection of Douglas Harman.
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The U.S. government established Tarrant Field Airfield
in 1941, across from the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft
plant. Tarrant Field was renamed Carswell Air Force Base
in 1948, in honor of Fort Worth native Major Horace
Carswell, who crashed his B-24 Liberator in China in
1944. Carswell Field became one of the most important
bases in the Strategic Air Command, housing the Seventh
Bomber Wing with B-52s and KC-135s on constant active
alert. Carswell employed almost 7,000 people and enjoyed
strong community support. After the Cold War-era came
to an end, the Federal government closed the base in 1991.
However, three years later, the emerging national defense
gave Carswell a new role as the Naval Air Station, Joint
Reserve Base, Fort Worth, where the Navy, Air Force,
Army, Marines, and National Guard regular and reserve
units train. This new integrated approach to aviation
training and operations created a new life for Carswell and
has kept military aviation training a major economic feature
of the city.
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In 1951, Amon Carter Sr. brought yet another form of
aviation to Fort Worth. He and other local officials convinced
Bell Helicopter, the leader in helicopter technology,
to move its headquarters from Buffalo, New York. In
Fort Worth, Bell established numerous production and
flight records in the emerging world of helicopters. In
1963, the company produced its one thousandth model-47
helicopter, the one most commonly associated with the
Korean War-era. During the late '50s and '60s, Bell
Helicopter developed the Huey and the Bell Jet Ranger,
aircraft that made Bell the dominant helicopter company
in the world. In 1973, the thousandth Jet Ranger was
delivered by the industry giant. Bell continues to produce
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