Moore Airfield Fire Department
By CHUCK LOWE, Correspondent | June 28, 2021 | MASSACHUSETTS
Story No. 062821119
Photo by Chuck LoweMoore Airfield Crash 1 - 1989 Amertek 1000/600/74F
Photo by Chuck LoweMoore Airfield Crash 2 - 1974 Oshcosh 1000/1500/80F
Moore Army Airfield was located at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. It opened in 1926 and had several names before being renamed in honor of Ayer native Douglas Moore. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Moore was a pilot that was killed during in the Vietnam War. This was the only airfield named in honor of a soldier that sacrificed his life in Vietnam.
During its existence Moore Airfield was home to dozens of military aircraft. There were numerous C-130 Hercules 4-Prop cargo transports and Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopters (nicknamed the "Huey") assigned here during decades prior to closure. It was a highly active airfield up until 1995. Cuts in military spending resulted in the shutdown of Fort Devens and most of the units assigned here.
Prior to closure the airfield had two crash trucks that operated out of a small 1 story firehouse located in the middle of the field. It is believed these apparatus were destroyed at that time suffering the same fate as the aircraft that they protected. This property is currently used by Mass State Police for various purposes.
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