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Pampa Air Base

Walter Miller Walter Miller

Pampa is known for its oil and chemical production. But it also has a proud patriotic past most have forgotten.

It was almost 70 years ago when the town of Pampa rallied together to support their country. The year was 1941. The nation had just finished one world war and was headed into another.

"We have some patriots in Pampa," historian Walter Miller said.

Patriots that wanted to help. The town of Pampa gathered together to lobby the military for an air base nearby. -- offering up the area's wide spaces and hospitality.

An air base just outside of town opened a year later. The base served as a training ground. It churned out more than a thousand pilots and at least twice that many mechanics, navigators and bombadiers. It closed in 1945.

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