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Updated: 11/12/2017 01:04:02PM

Army Air Force comes to Venice

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY VENICE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES
Venice Army Air Base served the military from 1943 through 1945 as a training base during World War II, before being decommissioned and beginning its new life as the Venice Municipal Airport.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY VENICE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

After World War II, the former Army Air Base which was converted to Venice Municipal Airport, was also used for trotter races as shown here as well as drag races for cars.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY COLLINGS FOUNDATION

This P-51 Mustang comes to Venice annually in February courtesy of the Collings Foundation. The single-pilot version of this aircraft was used for training fighter pilots at the former Venice Army Airbase during 1945.

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLINGS FOUNDATION

The Wings of Freedom Tour of World War II airplanes returned to Venice Feb. 4, 2011. The tour was at Venice Municipal Airport, 224 E. Airport Ave., Venice. Visitors explored the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and the P-51 Mustang for a fee; WWII veterans can tour the planes at no cost.

SUN PHOTO BY AUDREY BLACKWELL

This structure is a replica of the main entrance of the Venice Army Air Base. The replica is located in Heritage Park, in the 700 block of West Venice Ave.

By CLARKE PRESSLY

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