Malden Army Airfield Preservation Steering (MAAPS) Committee welcomes your visit! MAAPS honors all
those who serve their country, past and present, and is devoted to the
preservation of the Malden Army Airfield and honoring all Veterans. Come visit us at Malden's
Industrial Park and Regional Airport. Our website will bring back memories as
well as keep you informed of our projects and events. It's also our way of
saying "Thank You."
With our deepest appreciation from the Volunteers of MAAPS
Consider adding a Veteran's name to the Wall of Honor
Great idea for a birthday or Christmas!
THE LEGEND CONTINUES! MAB/AAA friends please join us for a September 2, 2016 Luncheon and enjoy good food and fellowship. More information will be posted as available.
Please go to http://www.dddnews.com/gallery/25146
for 2015 photos courtesy of Courtney Luke with the Delta News Citizen.
We love to welcome back the men and women that trained and worked on the Malden Airbase when it was an active Army Air Base and then an active Air Force Training Facility.
See facebook.com/maaps for postings.
We are looking for information about the Red Carpet Club that was organized in Malden in the 1950s to host student pilots at the Malden Army Airfield/Anderson Air Activities. Email information to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Malden Airport at 573-276-2279. Thanks!
All information not available yet--under construction.
GREAT GIFT IDEA (for yourself or for others) and a way to help support the Military
Museum and Veterans Wall of Honor at Malden MO!
Coffee Cups available for a $___ donation at the Airport Office or for $___ donation with
shipping. Mail check to MAAPS, P O Box 411, Malden, MO 63863.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Please consider volunteering to assist MAAPS in our efforts to preserve the history of the Malden Airbase and educate the general public about Malden's connection to flight training in the 1940's and 1950's. Just give us a call at 573-276-2279. Thanks!
MAAPS (previously a separate non-profit group) has always been supported by the Malden Regional Airport. In 2013, MAAPS was reorganized as a Steering Committee under the Airport in order to decrease expenses. A SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to the Malden Airport Board and the City of Malden for taking this additional action to support MAAPS and the various Volunteers to ensure the continued operation of the Military Museum and the Veterans Wall of Honor.
Please be sure that we have your current email address. If you know of others that do not have email, please keep them informed for us!
Please know that you are always welcome at Malden!
What a great history Malden Army Airfield has!
opened in 1942 in Malden, Missouri, and was operated almost continuously as an
aviation training facility until its closing in 1960. During that time, more
than 7,000 Americans and NATO personnel received pilot training here. Aviation
Cadets, newly-graduated officers and European NATO students took their aviation
training at Malden Army Airfield. In 1951, the name would be changed to Malden
Air Base. For many, graduation meant additional flight training elsewhere and
then overseas assignments during World War II, the Korean Conflict and the
Dedication to duty was understood during
those times. When Uncle Sam called, Americans responded. The construction crews
who dedicated themselves to the job at hand and in only six months cleared the
land and built the barracks, houses, classrooms, support buildings, hangars and
landing fields that would be Malden Army Airfield. The instructors who took
their jobs seriously because it could mean the difference between life and
death for a pilot in combat. The aircraft mechanics that kept the planes in the
air and fixed the things that kept them on the ground. The doctors and nurses
who kept the "boys" healthy and the office personnel that made sure everyone
got paid. And the men who would come forward and volunteer their very lives in
service to their country and enter training to become a pilot.
salute you all and welcome you back to Malden where, we're sure, you have
many memories! The Veteran's Honor Wall on
the Malden Industrial Park is built in tribute to all men and women who
have, and continue to, serve their country. We invite you to visit the museum which has many photos and momentoes
of the former airfield as well as other military service. We hope you
enjoy this online salute to you - the Aviation Cadets, officers and civilian
employees of Malden Army Airfield!