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Ainsworth Army Air Field

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The Ainsworth Army Air Field, completed on November 30, 1942, was a satellite
of Rapid City Army Air field and under the command of the second Air Force. The Field was on
of eleven Army Air Forces training bases built in Nebraska during World War II. The 2,496 acre
field included three 7,300 X 150 foot concrete runways, a hanger, warehouses, repair and machine

shops, link and bomb trainers, Norden bombsight vaults, and a barracks for over 600 officers and
enlisted men. the base's primary mission was to provide proficiency training for P-39 and P-47 pilots
of the 364th and 53rd fighter squadron, and for B-17 crews of the 540th and 543rd bombardment
squadrons before deployment to the European Theater of Operations. Aircraft camouflage
experiments were also conduced on the site.

Today the Ainsworth Airport Authority still maintains two runways (Rwy 12-30, 5500'X75' and
Rwy 17-35, 6800'X110') a 50'X50' helipad and five of the original WWII buildings. The facility
has a accommodated Lear, Falcon, Challenger, and Gulfstream Jet aircraft and occasionally
aircraft as large as a C-130 as well as Military and Civilian Helicopters. The Authority sells
approximately 8000 gallons of jet fuel and 30,000 gallons of 100LL (piston aircraft fuel) annually.
The largest single sale of jet fuel was 2,135 gallons to a Gulfstream II.

Come visit us in Ainsworth, Nebraska

Attractions and Upcoming Events


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Johnstown was established in 1882

Ainsworth, NE Historic Towns

Coleman House Museum

The Coleman House contains clothing, furniture, memorabilia, a genealogical file,

Ainsworth, NE Museums

Sellers-Barton Museum

The first museum was a log cabin built in 1936, with logs from the Niobrara River. Mrs. Nettie Sellors provided the funds for

Ainsworth, NE Museums

Miller Hotel - NHR

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Ainsworth, NE National Register

Niobrara Canoeing

Recognized among the 10 top canoeing rivers in the nation by Backpacker magazine, the Niobrara River flows leisurely through steep sandstone canyons. Nebraskans also rank the river, designated a National Scenic River by Congress in 1991, in the top 10 favorite tourists stops in the state.


Ainsworth, NE Recreation

Things to do near Ainsworth, NE

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Lewis Bridge - NHR

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