Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale
1942 - 1944
Contractor notified to proceed on field contract.
Construction begins at the Main Station.
First building (barracks), completed.
Station commissioned. Officers in command; Capt. Donald E. Wilcox, USN; Commanding Officer Cmdr. Joe Taylor, USN; Aviation Training Officer Lt. Commander Henry J. White, Executive Officer.
First training planes: 17 TBF-1 Avengers arrive
First student pilots commence flight training.
First air crewman (35 Marines) report.
First pilots (10), complete training here.
Boat Facility begins operations (under Miami) .
Instructors assigned to each class.
Boat Facility transferred to NAS Ft. Lauderdale.
First British student pilots report.
First student pilot retained as instructor.
Instrument instruction begins.
Training capacity increased from 50 to 100 planes and from 75 to 180 students.
West Prospect satellite field opens.
Pilot training program lengthened to 8 weeks.
Executive Officer is Lt. Moreau L. Stoddard, USNR.
Wing Shop organized.
North Pompano satellite field opens.
"Live" torpedo drops begin.
Capt. Wilcox detached; Capt. John L. Pratt, USN, is new Commander.
"USS Absecon" begins work as a target vessel for training exercises.
First WAVE reports: Ensign Gretchen Kramer.
First major revision of in-flight training syllabus.
Crash boat officer training started at Boat Facility, Port Everglades.
Cmdr. Taylor detached; Cmdr. Stephen Jurika, USN now Aviation Officer.
Air crewmen Training Department organized.
VTB OTU's #2 transferred from NAS Jacksonville; Mayport Torpedo Shop consolidated with shop here; "USS Absecon"begins full - time operation here.
Coast Guard personnel and dogs report for duty.
Executive Officer detached; Lt. Cdr. M. M. Tharpe now Executive Officer.
Station placed under Miami for supplies and accounts.
93 -hour mandatory flight syllabus adopted.
Commanding Officer detached; Capt. L. E. French now commanding.
NAS Fort Lauderdale Museum Founder
Chronology of Events
- November 9, 1925 Allan McElhiney is born in Lynn, Massachusetts.
-December 7, 1941: the United States enters WWII.
-1942: Allan joins the U.S. Navy at the age of seventeen and serves abroad the USS Asheville from 1942 to 1946 in Korean war until 1953.
-October 1st 1942: NAS Fort Lauderdale is established.
-December 5, 1945: Flight 19 - The Lost Patrol. A crew of 14 men in 5 TBM Avengers disappear over the Bermuda Triangle. A rescue mission PBM sea plane is sent from NAS Banana River in Melbourne and also disappears with a crew of 13 men.
-1947: Allan marries Carolyn Mulock of York Beach, Maine. Parents to: Stephen, Donna, Deborah, Glenn, and Diane. Grandparents to: Aaron, Jakob, Troy, Stephanie, Jason, Justin, Glen, Dylan, Allan the lll and Mitchel. Great - grandparents to: Brittney, Ivan, Kaitlynn, Luke, Jack, Jordan, and Allan the IV.
-1970's: Allan joins the Fort Lauderdale Navy League Council and a later becomes Director and Chairman of the Fort Lauderdale Navy League Sea Cadets.
-1978: While giving a tour of the Navy grounds with Steve Sedilo, Allan forms the idea of starting a memorial service for Flight 19.
-1979: The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Historical Association begins to take shape, with 4 members.
-1989: Walter Houghton gets permission to build the Navy Park on the east side of the FAA tower. It was completed in 1990.
-1989: Bob Jenny paints his mural "On Final Approach"at the U.S. Naval Surface Warfair Center (The old JOBQ Building #15).
-October 3, 1992: President George H. W. Bush visits the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center to sign and date Jenny's mural.
- 1998: The mural is dismantled and relocated to the Link Trainer Building #8.
-May 20, 1998: The Link Trainer Building #8 is added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
-1999: Broward County Commissioner Lori Nance Parrish locates a $200,000 grant and is able to save the building from demolition.
-1999 -2000: The Link Trainer Building #8 is moved (with Jenny's mural inside) to its current location at 4000 Perimeter Road.
-October 15, 2005: U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw, R -Fort Lauderdale sponsors H. Resolution 500