Malden Army Airfield Preservation Steering (MAAPS) Committee welcomes your visit! MAAPS honors all
those who serve their country, past and present, and is devoted to the
preservation of Malden Army Airfield. The area now serves as Malden's
Industrial Park and Regional Airport. Our website will bring back memories as
well as keep you informed of our projects and events. It's also our way of
saying "Thank You."
With our deepest appreciation from the Volunteers of MAAPS
Consider adding a Veteran's name to the Wall of Honor
Great idea for a birthday or Christmas!
GREAT GIFT IDEA (for yourself or for others) and a way to help support the Military
Museum and Veterans Wall of Honor at Malden MO!
White t-shirts for $15 donation at the Airport Office or for $20 donation with
shipping. Mail check to MAAPS, P O Box 411, Malden, MO 63863--let us know the size t-shirt you wish to have.
Back of t-shirt has various businesses shown—MAAPS/Airport is at the top
and on lower right side. Click on T Shirts 2013 back and front for photo.
Please order soon to have size selection you need.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Please consider volunteering to assist MAAPS in our efforts to preserve the history of the Malden Airbase and educate the general public about Malden's connection to flight training in the 1940's and 1950's. Just give us a call at 573-276-2279. Thanks!
THE LEGEND CONTINUES! We want to continue to honor and welcome "home" our MAB/AAA friends. The August 30, 2013 Luncheon was a huge success in welcoming back the men and women that trained and worked on the Malden Airbase when it was an active Army Air Base and then an active Air Force Training Facility. An addition in 2013 was Veteran's Interviews--special thanks to Dr. Frank Nickell and to Tim Heiser who conducted the interviews.
MAAPS (previously a separate non-profit group) has always been supported by the Malden Regional Airport. In 2013, MAAPS was reorganized as a Steering Committee under the Airport in order to decrease expenses. A SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to the Malden Airport Board and the City of Malden for taking this additional action to support MAAPS and the various Volunteers to ensure the continued operation of the Military Museum and the Veterans Wall of Honor.
Please be sure that we have your current email address. If you know of others that do not have email, please keep them informed for us!
Please know that you are always welcome at Malden!
What a great history Malden Army Airfield has!
opened in 1942 in Malden, Missouri, and was operated almost continuously as an
aviation training facility until its closing in 1960. During that time, more
than 7,000 Americans and NATO personnel received pilot training here. Aviation
Cadets, newly-graduated officers and European NATO students took their aviation
training at Malden Army Airfield. In 1951, the name would be changed to Malden
Air Base. For many, graduation meant additional flight training elsewhere and
then overseas assignments during World War II, the Korean Conflict and the
Dedication to duty was understood during
those times. When Uncle Sam called, Americans responded. The construction crews
who dedicated themselves to the job at hand and in only six months cleared the
land and built the barracks, houses, classrooms, support buildings, hangars and
landing fields that would be Malden Army Airfield. The instructors who took
their jobs seriously because it could mean the difference between life and
death for a pilot in combat. The aircraft mechanics that kept the planes in the
air and fixed the things that kept them on the ground. The doctors and nurses
who kept the "boys" healthy and the office personnel that made sure everyone
got paid. And the men who would come forward and volunteer their very lives in
service to their country and enter training to become a pilot.
salute you all and welcome you back to Malden where, we're sure, you have
many memories! The Veteran's Honor Wall on
the Malden Industrial Park is built in tribute to all men and women who
have, and continue to, serve their country. We invite you to visit the museum which has many photos and momentoes
of the former airfield as well as other military service. We hope you
enjoy this online salute to you - the Aviation Cadets, officers and civilian
employees of Malden Army Airfield!