Dale Mabry Army
Air Field Museum
~ Tallahassee, Florida ~

Imagine a time when Tallahassee was a military town and war planes of all sorts constantly buzzed overhead. Dale Mabry Army Air Field (DM) was a major fighter pilot training base during World War II with sub-bases in Perry, Florida, and Thomasville, Townsend and Waycross, Georgia. Silver Lake was used for survival training and Alligator Point for target practice. At a time when there were only 16,240 Tallahasseans, 4,300 service men and women lived on base and 800 civilians were employed there.  All told, over 8,000 pilots trained at DM, including British, French and Chinese flyers--even members of the reknowned, all African-American Tuskegee Airmen. Believe it or not, German Prisoners of War were held there too! 
News

Group looking into the feasibility of a Dale Mabry Army Air Field museum


From 1940 to 1945 Dale Mabry Army Air Field was a major military installation in Tallahassee where World War II fighter pilots received training. On the 75th anniversary of Dale Mabry Army Air Field's Open House, April 6, 1942, a group announces they have formed a 501(c)3 to consider the feasibility of a commemorative museum. Read more...

WCTV coverage of the 75th Anniversary of Dale Mabry's first Open House/ Army Day Celebration, April 6, 1942


As you might imagine, during wartime, security then, as it is now was tight. Even though the base was activated 14 months earlier, the general public was not allowed on the base until this date. View the video...

Tallahasse Democrat leads with story about museum idea


We were honored that the Tallahassee Democrat selected our story to run "on page one, above the fold!"  They also included many historic photos worth a gander.   Read story...

Tallahassee Historical Society Presentation - "A Bomb in the Bushes" April 13th at 7:00 pm


Richard and Lois Decoteu purchased a house on Rankin Avenue only to discover a rusted bomb on their property in the bushes. This lead them on a journey of discovery as they learned more and more about the history of their neighborhood built over parts of Dale Mabry Army Air Field.   More Information...