Texas Independence Trail Region

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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Universal City: Randolph Air Force Base

Dedicated in 1930, Randolph Air Force Base quickly gained the moniker “West Point of the Air,” training thousands of cadets and instructors across almost a century of service. Towering over the Spanish Revival-style historic district is one of the most famous structures in military aviation, Building 100, known as the Taj Mahal, which contains offices, a rotunda, history exhibits and a large auditorium.

Watch the following video to learn more about World War II airfields and pilot training in Texas. This video was produced for inclusion in the World War II on the Texas Home Front mobile tour found in our Texas Time Travel mobile app.  Learn more about the tour and the app on the World War II theme page at the following link:


  • 53 Military Plaza
  • Universal City, Texas
  • 78148



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  • Building 100, also known as the Taj Mahal, on Randolph Field