Welcome Home RAVH-7 Banner in Downtown Sanford


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Welcome Home RAVH-7 Banner in Downtown Sanford

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Welcome Home Banner


Naval air stations
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Banners--United States
Sanford (Fla.)
United States. Navy


A welcome home banner hung in Downtown Sanford celebrating the return of RAVH-7 to Naval Air Station Sanford in 1968. Many locals in Sanford had a personal connection with Naval Air Station Sanford and its personnel. Some sailors had friends and family in the city and lived among the civilian families off base throughout the air station's operations in Sanford from 1942-1968.

The Naval Air Station (NAS) Sanford was commissioned on November 3, 1942 as a naval aviation training facility during World War II. The Navy continued to train pilots at NAS Sanford throughout the Korean and Vietnam Wars. NAS Sanford was temporarily decommissioned after World War II in 1946 and then recommissioned as the Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) Sanford in 1950 due to the outbreak of the Korean War and the ongoing Cold War. Soon afterward, the station was renamed NAS Sanford and redesignated as a full naval air station. On February 6, 1959, NAS Sanford was dedicated as Ramey Field in honor of Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Ramey. In 1968, due to lack of funding caused by the Vietnam War, Congress directed the closure of NAS Sanford. The City of Sanford assumed authority over the former NAS Sanford facility the year after it closed and renamed it the Sanford Airport, which was managed by Commander J. S. "Red" Cleveland. The airport underwent various name changes over the next several decades: Sanford Regional Airport, Central Florida Regional Airport, Orlando-Sanford Regional Airport, and its current name, Orlando-Sanford International Airport. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, several Naval buildings were demolished and new buildings were constructed.


United States Navy Photo Lab Sanford


Original black and white photograph by United States Navy Photo Lab Sanford, 1968: NAS Collection, Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.


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Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original black and white photograph by United States Navy Photo Lab SanfordĀ on the Naval Air Station Sanford Memorial website. http://www.nassanfordmemorial.com/galleries.asp.

Is Part Of

NAS Collection, Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.
Photo Gallery, Naval Air Station Sanford Memorial.
Naval Air Station Sanford Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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1 black and white photograph




Still Image


Sanford, Florida

Spatial Coverage

28.8117, -81.2669

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Audience Education Level

SS.K.A.1.2; SS.K.C.2.1; SS.1.A.1.1; SS.1.C.2.1; SS.1.C.2.2; SS.1.C.2.2; SS.1.C.2.3; SS.1.C.2.4; SS.2.A.1.1; SS.2.C.2.2; SS.2.C.2.4; SS.2.C.2.5; SS.3.A.1.1; SS.3.C.2.1; SS.3.G.1.1; SS.3.G.2.6; SS.4.A.1.1; SS.4.C.2.2; SS.4.C.2.3; SS.5.A.1.1; SS.5.C.2.5; SS.5.G.1.4; SS.6.W.1.3; SS.7.C.2.2; SS.7.C.2.3; SS.7.C.4.1; SS.7.C.4.2; SS.8.A.1.2; SS.8.A.1.5; SS.912.A.1.1; SS.912.A.1.4; SS.912.A.6.10; SS.912.A.6.14; SS.912.A.6.15; SS.912.A.7.10; SS.912.A.7.17; SS.912.C.2.3; SS.912.C.4.2; SS.912.G.1.2; SS.912.G.1.4; SS.912.W.1.3


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Originally created and owned by United States Navy Photo Lab Sanford.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the Sanford Museum and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project


Rock, Adam

Source Repository

External Reference

Metzger, Lewis W. From Celery City to Navy Town: The Impact of Naval Air Station Sanford during World War II. MA thesis, University of Central Florida, 2010.
Naval Air Station Sanford Memorial. http://www.nassanfordmemorial.com/home.htm.
Shettle, Jr., M.L. United States Naval Air Stations of World War II. Bowersville, Georgia: Schaertel Publishing Company, 1995.


Welcome Home RAVH-7


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1 black and white photograph


United States Navy Photo Lab Sanford, “Welcome Home RAVH-7 Banner in Downtown Sanford,” RICHES, accessed June 20, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/498.