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Alachua Army Airfield

Gainesville Regional Airport

3880 N.E. 39th Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32609
Alachua County
(352) 373-0249

This site is located in the north central region of the state.


From I-75, use Exit 77 (SR 222 east; also NW 39th Avenue) east through Gainesville. After crossing SR 24, (Waldo Road) Gainesville Regional Airport is ¾ mile on the left (approximately ten miles from 1-75). 

Constructed on the site of the Gainesville Municipal Airport, the Alachua Army Airfield began operations within months of the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Part of the Air Technical Service Command, this site saw duty as an air support school of applied tactics and a primary flight school.

Through the joint efforts of the City Commission and the Federal Government, a Service Center opened in Gainesville July 1943 for dances and other recreation for the soldiers. Civic minded citizens formed a Girls Service Club and the Masonic Lodge provided dormitory space for servicemen.

Returned to public use in early 1946, this site is now the Gainesville Regional Airport.


Gainesville Regional Airport