Punta Gorda Army Airfield
28000 Airport Road
Punta Gorda, Florida 33982
This site is located in the Southwest region of the state.
Exit I-75 using the CR-768/N. Jones Loop Road (Exit 28) toward Punta Gorda Airport. Stay right at the fork in the ramp and merge onto Jones Loop Road. Turn slight right onto Taylor Road. Turn right onto Airport Road and left onto Golf Course Boulevard.
Punta Gorda Army Airfield first saw use as a training base in September 1943 as an auxiliary field to the 3rd Air Force facility at Sarasota Army Air Base.
Pilots trained on P-40 Warhawks, P-47 Thunderbolts, and P-51 Mustangs. The 27th Service Group served as the base detachment with the 502nd Fighter-Bomber and 490th Fighter Squadrons training here.
One WWII extant structure is presently used by the Experimental Aircraft Association. Numerous iron tie-downs used to secure fighter planes are still visible and are used today for civilian aircraft.
This base became the Punta Gorda Airport after the war.
Punta Gorda Airport