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Wheeler Army Air Field
Former Wheeler Air Force Base

Wheeler Field is located on the grounds of the Wheeler Army Airfield, next ot Scofield Barracks, in Wahiawa, Central Oahu, Hawaii. Wheeler Field was declared U.S. National Historic Landmark #87001297 on May 28, 1987 because of the historic events that took place there on December 7, 1941.

Outdoor Aircraft Exhibit at Wheeler Army Airfield
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Facts About Wheeler Field
-Locate in Wahiawa, Central Oahu, Hawaii
-About 16 miles north of Honolulu
-1389 acres in size
-Named after ?
-Was Army Air Corps field in 1920's and 1930's
-Reactivated during the Korean War

Wheeler Field Today
-Defense Communications Agency
-Air Force Aerospace Defense Group
-An Army Aviation Brigade
-Houses Army helicopters History of Wheeler Field
-1922: Established as an army airfield
-1927: Nonstop flight from Oakland to California
-1935: Amelia Earhart, 1st solo flight Hawaii to California
-1941: Attacked before Pearl Harbor on December 7
-1944: 7th Air Service Command established at Wheeler
-1949: Placed in "care taking" status

Japanese Attack on Wheeler Air Field
Wheeler Air Field was attacked before Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Here is a picture of a destroyed aircraft on that day.

Aerial View of the Attack
This picture was taken from a Japanese plane

About the Kunia Tunnel
This large, 3 story, underground structure was top secret during the early months of World War II. It was used to repair and assemble aircraft. The structure was accessed using a tunnel a quarter of a mile long. At the end of the tunnel there were elevators for accessing the different levels of the structure. Each elevator could carry a 2.5 ton truck. The entire structure was air conditioned and it had a cafeteria that could serve 6000 meals a day. The Kunia Tunnel is located at the south end of Wheeler Army Air Field.

Contact Information for Wheeler Airfield
Wheeler Army Air Field

Hawaii 96854
Phone: 808-656-1414

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