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Historic Aerospace Site

Marker ID:  
Location: 100 Museum Drive, Eglin AFB, FL
County: Okaloosa
Coordinates: N 30° 27.98    W 086° 33.675
  30.46633333    -86.56125
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


Historic Aerospace Site
Eglin Air Force Base

The American institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Historic Aerospace Site
Eglin Air Force Base

The Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base, activated 14 Jun 1935 under command of Capt Arnold H. Rich, was renamed Eglin Field in 1937 for Lt Col Frederick I. Eglin, U.S. Air Corps. The first missions of Eglin were to provide both bombing and gunnery training for new pilots and testing of Army Air Corps aircraft and other systems. Eglin's dual role of training and testing continued through World War II, with the establishment of the Air Corps Specialized Flying School and the Air Proving Ground Command. Today, Eglin continues to provide state-of-the-art munitions testing, personnel training and other combat support capabilities for the Air Force, DOD, industry and U.S. allies.