NAS Corpus Christi
Naval air base
11001 D St #101, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Several years before World War II, Congress decided there was a lack of aviation training facilities and recommended another station be created. NAS Corpus Christi was commissioned based on their recommendation in March, 1941, and several months later flight training began in the Coastal Bend area. Corpus Christi trainees contributed significantly to the success of America’s Naval operations through WWII.
To support War Fighter Readiness and enhance the missions of our Tenant Commands and Regional Installations by providing quality service in a timely, efficient and safe manner.
The official step leading to the construction of the Naval Air Station was initiated by the 75th Congress in 1938. A board found that a lack of training facilities capable of meeting an emergency demand for pilots constituted a grave situation. They recommended the establishment of a second air training station, and further, that it be located on Corpus Christi Bay.
NAS Corpus Christi was commissioned by its first skipper, Captain Alva Berhard, on March 12, 1941. The first flight training started on May 5, 1941. Former President George Bush was in the third graduating class, June 1943, commissioned just three days before his 19th birthday, which made him the youngest naval aviator to that date.
In 1941, 800 instructors provided training for more than 300 cadets a month. The training rate nearly doubled after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. By the end of World War II, more than 35,000 naval aviators had earned their wings here. Corpus Christi was the only primary, basic and advanced training facility in existence in the United States. At one time it was the largest pilot training facility in the world.
Today, the training program is much longer, approximately 18 months, due to the increased complexity of today’s aircraft. Currently, Training Air Wing FOUR produces approximately 600 newly qualified aviators each year.
Today there are more than 50 tenant commands and activities located on NAS Corpus Christi and it is the major hub of military activity in South Texas. More than 10,250 employees from all parts of the country. Military from all branches of the service, civil service employees and contractors now work together at NAS Corpus Christi to support our national defense.