Following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the United States formally entered World War II. The military was quick to build new bases across the country to train hundreds of thousands of soldiers. One of those bases was the Army Air Corps Radio Training School at the Sioux Falls Municipal Airport.
Airmen stationed at the training school learned radio theory, practice, and communication before serving overseas. Radio and electricity changed how the world communicated and waged war, and the military needed soldiers to be well-versed in an array of radio communications.
The Air Corps had profound effects on Sioux Falls. The U.S. Army made a number of improvements and additions to the Municipal Airport and surrounding area. The base was a source of financial independence for many women who served as civilian instructors and active military personnel. The biggest impact may have been the number of people the base brought to the community. Over 45,000 men and women trained at the base. They mingled, dined with, and even married Sioux Falls residents. After the war, many returned to Sioux Falls to call the city their home. Join us for the exhibit opening reception on Thursday, April 14th from 5-7 p.m. at the Old Courthouse Museum. Admission is free!