Training the Gunners: America’s First Flexible Gunnery School and the Las Vegas Army Air Field
August 12 - Febuary 12, 2017
Clark County Museum, 1830 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson, NV 89002-8502
(702) 455-7955 -
Back by popular demand Clark County Museum has extended "Training the Gunners: America's First Flexible Gunnery School and the Las Vegas Army Air Field" through February 19, 2017.
To honor the 75th anniversary of Nellis Air Force Base, the Clark County Museum will present "Training the Gunners: America's First Flexible Gunnery School and the Las Vegas Army Air Field" through February 19 at the museum, located at 1830 S. Boulder Highway in Henderson. Tickets are $2 for adults, $1 for children younger than age 18 and seniors ages 55 and older. The museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The exhibit - developed with the cooperation of the personnel at Nellis Air Force Base - showcases artifacts from the county museum collections, and loans from Nellis Air Force Base. While many cities in the United States experienced growth from war-related industries, few grew as much as Las Vegas and Clark County. The Las Vegas Army Air Field (LVAAF) eventually trained more than 40,000 soldiers during the war, significantly supporting America's war effort. The communities of the valley also hosted the soldiers, and their paychecks helped Las Vegas and Clark County grow during the war.
The exhibit focuses on the different training programs at the base, and the men and women who made the programs work. Clark County's LVAAF is the only Flexible Gunnery School airfield which still functions as a part of the Air Force, having been reactivated after the war and named Nellis Air Force Base for Lt. William Nellis, Searchlight resident and World War II fighter pilot who died during the Battle of the Bulge.
World War II helped create the Clark County and Las Vegas of today. The first casinos on the Strip opened during the war and served both soldiers and those few who could travel during the war. The LVAAF brought many men to Southern Nevada who eventually returned to help build the communities of today. The base also boasted a WASP unit of women fliers, as well as a widely diverse group of soldiers.
Those wanting more information about "Training the Gunners" can call the Clark County Museum at 702-455-7995.