The base 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 Vietnam War.
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.
We 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!