In 1923-- just 20 years after the Wright brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk-- a Naval Reserve aviation training program was established at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Originally, sea planes and a few small land-based planes were used for primary flight instruction. With the development of heavier, faster military aircraft, the Great Lakes facility became inadequate. Under Rear Adm. John Downes, commandant of the 9th Naval District, the search for a suitable new location was undertaken. Curtiss-Reynolds-Wright Airfield was deemed ideal for the relocation of the aviation training program. From humble beginnings of the Naval Reserve Aviation Base Chicago, Naval Air Station Glenview (the official U.S. Navy designation) went on to play a vital and unique role during World War II. Until closure in 1995, the base was home to thousands of Navy and Marine Reserve pilots, aircrews, and support personnel-- proudly known as weekend warriors.
Beverly Roberts Dawson, past president of the Glenview Area Historical Society and historian of the Glenview Hangar One Foundation, frequently writes and lectures about the history of the Naval Air Station Glenview. Images contained in the book are from the collections of the Glenview Area Historical Society and the Glenview Hangar One Foundation. In addition, U.S. Navy in U.S. Marine Corps personnel who served at Naval Air Station Glenview provided photographs from their own files.