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The airport was opened in 1934 as the Starkville Municipal Airport.  During World War II the airport was taken over abruptly by the gover4nment to be used as a glider training base (Starkville AF Auxiliary Field).  Plans for the AAF Basic Training Detachment were for 150 students using the TG-5 gliders.  The gliders were towed by the BT-13 Vultee "Vibrator".  Students lived in the dormitories at Mississippi State College, where they also used its classrooms and dining facilities.