Military and Postwar Development in San Antonio
The establishment of military flight training centers, such as Brooks and Kelly army airfields, represented a major factor in San Antonio’s growth during the 1910s and 1920s. These two facilities were established in 1916 and 1917, respectively, to train aviators to fight in World War I. Brooks Army Airfield began as a flight instructor training academy and included 16 hangars by 1918. In 1919, the facility shifted its focus to dirigible and airship training, and in 1922, it became a primary flight school. The field continued to operate as a primary flight school and aerial observation school through the 1930s (Alcott 2010).