Submitted by John McElligott
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Sloan Field was started in 1927 when Samuel Addison Sloan leased 220 acres of pastureland from Clarence Scharbauer to establish a privately owned landing field and flying school. After his death two years later in a plane crash (1929), his siblings continued the operation and it was then designated as an Army Airways Station in May of 1930. In 1939, Sloan Field was sold to the City Of Midland.
During its time of operation, the field’s nickname was “Hell from Heaven”. The name was fitting due to the dropping 1,245,107 bombs and flying 851,510 hours.
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