|Buckingham was a flexible gunnery training base, used to train the gunners who would defend bombers. |
It was constructed starting in 1942 at a cost of $10 million on a total of 7,000 acres of swamp land, which had to be drained with an extensive system of newly constructed canals.
Training was conducted in both air-to-air & air-to-surface gunnery.
The air-to-air training used a variety of aircraft, including T-6, RP-63, B-17, and B-24s.
For ground-based training, a number of facilities were available, including moving target ranges and a number of gunnery simulators.
The foundations of these simulators are still present in the thick overgrowth west of the airfield.