Henry Post Army Airfield (IATA: FSI, ICAO: KFSI, FAA LID: FSI) is a military use airport located at Fort Sill in Comanche County, Oklahoma, United States. This military airport is owned by United States Army. Established as Post Field in 1917, it was one of thirty-two Air Service training camps established after the United States entry into World War I in April 1917. It was named in honor of pioneer aviator Henry Post (1885–1914).
HENRY POST ARMY AIR FIELD (FORT SILL) HISTORY
In July 1915 the 1st Aero Squadron arrived at Ft. Sill and stayed there while its permanent field in California was being finished. it was followed by the 3d Aero Squadron. Post Field was named after Henry Post, and officially established as an Airfield on 10-Sept-1917. Although the Signal corps had been supplying Observation aircraft for the United States Army Field Artillery School since 1915. In the early days of aviation Observation balloons were considered a little more reliable than Airplanes for artillery spotting. Company A 1st Balloon Squadron was assigned to the post on 24-Sept 1917. but was split up into the 25th, and 26th Balloon Companies. along with the new field designation the 4th Aero Squadron was assigned to start training, and remained there until disbanded after the war. After the war the field was all but abandoned except for a balloon school/company. the tarpaper buildings rotting and turning into fire hazards. finally in the early 1930s the Army along with the WPA was able to build permanent buildings the oldest of which, Bldg. 4908 the aircraft maintenance hangar (c.1932), still stands. In 1934 the famous balloon hangar was built to house Dirigibles.
HENRY POST ARMY AIR FIELD (FORT SILL) LOCATION
HENRY POST ARMY AIR FIELD (FORT SILL) FACTS
Elevation: 1189 ft.
Runway length available: 17/35 5000×200 ft.