As a small city airport in 1936, the Boca Raton Airport expanded quickly at the dawn of WWII and was renamed the Boca Raton Army Airfield.
Though the Airfield served as a base for air-sea patrol, and a weigh station for planes being ferried to Europe, its primary mission was much more unique. Playing a critical role in the war, the Airfield was the training base where all of the Army Air Force’s flight crews learned to use radar — a then brand new technology.
After the war, training continued at the base until it was shut down in December of 1947. In 1948, the Airport was transferred from the United States of America to the Town of Boca Raton, with a provision that it be used for the benefit of the flying public.