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Bronson Field …

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Bronson Field 7 _ RTP _ 11 Sept 15 _ SFW

These are some negatives that I purchased on Ebay of local air base Bronson Field.  I am not exactly sure where Bronson Field was located, but I want to say it was located somewhere near Perdido Bay.  I might be completely wrong there and the people that I purchased them from were not exactly sure either.  I cropped this negative to show just the flight line and the plane that is taking off below …


Bronson Field 7 _ RTP _ 11 Sept 15 _Cropped _ SFW


There is one other negative that I received and it shows the control tower along with the planes …


Bronson Fileld Negative Scan_RTP_11 Sept 15 _ SFW

And like the one above, I cropped out everything and just showed the flight line …


Bronson Fileld Negative Scan_RTP_11 Sept 15_Cropped  _SFW

The photos are nothing really special and you can tell that they were taken by an amateur, but the old cars and planes are interesting.  If anyone runs across anymore images like these on Ebay or anywhere else, please let me know.  I used to look on Ebay, but you can end up wasting a lot of time with just the shear volume that is on the site.  Most of it, to me, is a lot of junk / mess that people think are really valuable and exciting and I am not good at filtering it out.  Also, if you run across something at a flea market locally let me know.  Thanks again and if anyone knows something about Bronson Field, let us know … Frank



Written by Frank Hardy

September 15, 2015 at 11:37 am

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  1. I’m staying out here at the old Bronson air field. Nothing but an rv recreational park now. Old runway is still here with airplane hooks embedded into the concrete.
    Thanks for sharing your photo’s.


    LG Furrow

    September 8, 2020 at 11:55 am

  2. I live about a mile through the woods from Bronson Field. These are the first photos I have seen that actually showed the intact buildings. I love the history, unluckily there seems to be very little documentation or photos


    Bill McLester

    January 30, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    • Thanks for commenting. Sorry to take so long getting back to you …


      Frank Hardy

      February 26, 2017 at 10:45 am

  3. Thanks for posting these photos of Bronson Field. The aircraft in the photo are U.S. Navy SNJs. Anyone who lived in Pensacola during the 1950s can surely remember the constant droning of the SNJs that were still used as training aircraft during those years.


    Wayne Craig

    October 26, 2015 at 8:12 am

    • Thanks for the comment Wayne … Like I said in my post, I found these negatives on Ebay and purchased them since they pertained to Pensacola. Even though this blog is for my father’s photography, I do not mind adding images that are relevant to the area or are something that interests me. I have no real hard and fast rules for the blog, other than it be some what interesting and informative. I am glad you found and please check back … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      October 26, 2015 at 9:53 am

  4. Bronson Field is now Blue Angels Recreation Park on Perdido Bay next to Tarklin Bayou Preserve.


    Robert W. Hastings

    September 19, 2015 at 10:04 am

    • Thanks Robert … I thought that it was somewhere on the west side of Pensacola close to Perdido Bay, but I did not think about the Blue Angels Recreation Park. Somebody on one of the Facebook sites on Pensacola mentioned seeing these negatives for sale and I bid on them. They were not great photos, but the old cars and planes were interesting and I thought some people out there might be interested in viewing them. Thanks again for the help identifying the location … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      September 20, 2015 at 9:21 am

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