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Ault Field


Photograph of Ault Field

U.S. Navy. Via HistoryLink.org

Ault Field (122.66W 48.34N) was a naval air station on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound. The site was selected in January 1941 but survey work did not commence until the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Construction started on 1 March 1942 and the first aircraft arrived on 5 August. The base formally opened on 21 September 1942 as Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The airfield proper was named Ault Field a year later, in memory of an air group commander, William B. Ault, lost at the Battle of the Coral Sea.

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Naval Air Station Whidbey Field (accessed 2010-2-4)


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