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Free - The Casper Army Air Base: 1942-1968

by  Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum

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In the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a grassy prairie land outside a small Wyoming town was transformed into a military installment for the Army Air Corp. The Casper Army Air Base trained pilots from across the United States to fly B-17 and later B-24 bomber planes. Bomber crews of approximately ten men assembled for their final weeks of training over the Wyoming landscape before being sent to the assignments that would take them into the war overseas. Explore the history of the Casper Air Base through an interactive learning module with staff from the Wyoming Veteran Memorial Museum. Our staff will cover the development of the air base, the life of the servicemen, and the current usage of the former air base as an international airport and the home of the Wyoming Veteran Memorial Museum.

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Length

50 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

Minimum participants:

5

Maximum participants:

30


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History


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Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum

Casper, WY
United States

The Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum preserves and shares the legacy and impact of Wyoming's military veterans. We explore the past through the lens of personal experiences both in and out of uniform. For many veterans, service continues beyond their time in uniform. The WVMM also preserves Wyoming's military history, including the service and legacy of the Casper Army Air Base. The base trained bomber crews during the Second World War and later hosted the Wyoming Air National Guard during the early years of the Cold War.

Contact:
Daisy Allen
daisy.allen@wyo.gov
307-472-1857

Program Details

Format

1. The program will open with introduction to staff and an assessment of the participants for prior knowledge of the Casper Army Air Base.
2. Lesson will begin with aid of PowerPoint to showcase history and life on the Casper Army Airbase.
3. After lesson, participants will be asked post assessment questions to ensure lesson objectives were met.
4. Time is allowed for question and answer segment after post assessment.

Objectives

The participants will:
1. Learn why the Casper Army Air Base was placed near Casper, WY.
2. Understand how the Army Air Base was used during it operations and what the servicemen did while at the base.
3. List at least two functions of how the airbase is used today.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

Wyoming
Social Studies
SS5.2.3: Identify and describe characteristics and contributions of local and state cultural
groups, including Indigenous Tribes of Wyoming, in Wyoming and the region.