World War I Lake Worth Airfield
Posted 31 January 2012 - 10:01 PM
Posted 01 February 2012 - 09:03 AM
Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:40 AM
Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:05 PM
There warn't one. Not in WW1, anyways.
The WWI landing field was located on the east side of the lake west of 9 Mile Bridge Road on the old Sansom Ranch. At least one account from the early 1920s when it was used for an airshow refers to the site as Marion Samson Field and mentions an old hangar.
There are additional references to areas near Lake Work that were used for various military training exercises including drills and artillery prcatice but I do not know if these were at the landing field site.
Check Paul Freeman's site for photos and information about a WWI bombing target located west of Hicks Field in the Blue Mound / Saginaw area.
Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:33 AM
Posted 03 February 2012 - 07:55 PM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 12:14 PM
During World War I Canadian pilots of the Royal Flying Corps were trained at Hicks Field and airfields at Benbrook and Everman. J'Nell Pate mentioned in her book "Arsenal of Defense" that an airfield was located on the "shores of Lake Worth." I am trying to determine the exact location of that airfield. It was actually an auxillary airfield used to support planes that used a bombing range located in the Lake Worth area. I would appreciate any information about the airfield.
Cowboy6, you may have already checked this out but Wikipedia has an historical account of WWI airfields in Fort Worth, including Hicks. Of course, some have challenged the authenticity of anything coming from Wikipedia.
Posted 12 February 2012 - 09:01 PM
The Charbonneau pasture (now a housing area) is the logical location since it wss adjacent to the main route to Lake Worth in 1917 and is about the only location on the east shore that is flat enough for an airstip.
If anyone knows how the location can be documented, I would appreciate your help.
Posted 13 February 2012 - 12:25 PM
A couple of pertinent excerpts:
The club was the Southwest Motor Club which had just moved its headquarters to the Moslah Temple Mosque on Lake Worth.
The meet will be held in the Marion Sansom Field, about a half mile west of the old aviation hangar on the Nine-Mile Bridge Road and two miles northeast of the club building.
In your original post you cited J'Nell Pate's "Arsenal of Defense." This is a transcription of the sample page you sent me:
(Hicks Field) The gunnery range extended northwest over the waters of Lake Worth for live air-to-ground and air-to-air firing. An advanced landing ground was constructed on the shore of the lake so that the planes would not have to fly back to the field to exchange pilots and gunnery crews.
Here's the photo:
Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:21 PM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:28 AM
I will ask my Dad if he remembers where Hicks was located.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:19 PM
The only area field I know of located on a lake was MCAS Eagle Mountain Lake, during WWII (now Kenneth Copeland Airport).
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