In 1943, the Army airfield was opened and served as a training base for the southeast Army Air Force training command. In 1947, the U.S. government released control of the majority of the base back to the City of Marianna. In 1952 the base was reacquired by the U.S. government and became the Graham Air Base. The base was again deactivated in 1960 and since has belonged to the City of Marianna.

For full Marianna Airport history, see the link below:

Marianna Airport Fly-In Upcoming

The City of Marianna in partnership with Main Street Marianna and the Jackson County Tourist Development Council will be hosting a "fly-in" at the Marianna Municipal Airport on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  This event is a way to promote the use and value of the Marianna Municipal Airport to the community by attracting the general public and to prospect for potential flight customers.  Visitors can take a close and personal look at a World War II aircraft and an emergency medical service helicopter that will be on display.  Young teenagers can sign up with the "Young Eagles" program and receive a free airplane ride.  There will also be a remote control airplane demonstration.  This will be a fun-filled day and is free to the public.  The Airport is located at 3689 Industrial Park Drive.

The Red Dragons Aerial Demonstration Team will open the event with a low-altitude fly-by, complete with show smoke at approximately 9:15. The four-ship formation will be made up of the following pilots and aircraft:

-Jon Blake (AKA "Saber") owns and flies a Chinese Nanchang CJ-6; is a retired Army Scout/Attack Aviator, a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University who lives in Dothan, AL.

- Paul Hamlin (AKA "Trash"), he has a Chinese Nanchang CJ-6 like mine; is a former Marine Corps fighter pilot, a graduate of University of Florida Law School who lives Pensacola.

- Mike Elrod (AKA "Fruit Bat"), he too flies the Nanchang CJ-6 with the new digital paint scheme. Fruit Bat is currently an Instructor Pilot in the new T-6 “Texan II” at Pensacola Naval Air Station and is also attending graduate school in the evenings.

- David Jester (AKA "Goatboy"), he flies a Russian YAK-52TD (one of only two in the United States) is a former Army Intelligence Officer, also a graduate of University of Florida Law School and he too lives Pensacola.

Graham Air Base Reunion May 16-18, 2014
The Fourth Annual Marianna, Florida Fly-In will be held on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 17, 2014 with an open house and fly-in with many WW II aircraft on display. Visit the website at or facebook/mariannamunicipalairportflyin

Return to Marianna and revisit the place that will bring back memories of an important by gone era.  In addition to a memorable visit, there will be a reunion hosted for all personnel that have ever been associated with Graham Air Base, including Aviation Cadets or Officers who learned to fly here.  Also invited to attend are all former Instructors or support personnel such as Admin, Maintenance, Mess Hall, Cadet and Officers Club or any other functions used to carry out Graham’s mission of providing the Air Force with the world’s finest pilots. Don’t miss this opportunity to revisit old friends, tour the Graham Air Base grounds and view the memorabilia that will be on display. For more information contact Bob Hoff, Aviation Cadet Pilot Training Class 56T, at or call him at 850-294-5978. You may also write to Graham Reunion, P.O. Box 347, Marianna, FL 32447.