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Encyclopedia > Charleston Air Force Base

Charleston Air Force Base is a United States Air Force Base located in North Charleston, South Carolina. The base is home of the 437th Airlift Wing and the Air Force Reserve 315th Airlift Wing. It is home to 52 C-17 Globemaster III's. The base currently employs over 4,500 active duty military and civilian personnel and over 2,500 Reservists. Aircraft of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and coalition counterparts stationed together at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in southwest Asia, fly over the desert. ... North Charleston is a city located in South Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32°430N to 35... The Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) C-17 Globemaster III is a strategic airlifter manufactured by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, and operated by the United States Air Force, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force. ...


History

The city of Charleston purchased land in 1931 to build a new airfield. In December 1941, the Army Air Corps took control of the field, and by 1942 anti-submarine mission were being flown out of Charleston Army Air Field. Nickname: The Holy City, The Palmetto City Motto: Aedes Mores Juraque Curat (She cares for her temples, customs, and rights) Location of Charleston in South Carolina. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... The Army Air Corps is a component of the British Army. ...


Training for the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator was conducted there during World War II. The American Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was the first mass-produced, four-engine heavy bomber. ... The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was an American bomber that was produced in greater numbers than any other American combat aircraft during the World War II and was used by most of the Allied air forces during the war. ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States France Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Charles de Gaulle Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hirohito Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead...


In 1946, the airfield changed to solely civilian use. In 1952, the city of Charleston and the Air Force agreed to joint-use of the runways. The Tactical Air Command re-established military operation at the base in 1952. On Mar. 1, 1956 the base was transferred to the Military Air Transport Service (MATS). In 1966 MATS became the Military Airlift Command and in October 1991, was renamed Air Mobility Command. The Tactical Air Command (TAC) was a command of the United States Air Force charged with battlefield-level (tactical) air combat, including light bombardment, close air support of ground troops, interdiction of enemy forces, and air transport of ground troops. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... MAC shield Military Airlift Command (MAC) was a former United States Air Force command. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Air Mobility Command (AMC) is a major command (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force, and the air force component of United States Transportation Command. ...


External link

  • Charleston Air Force Base
  • 315th Airlift Wing

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Charleston, South Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4848 words)
Charleston is a city in the counties of Berkeley and Charleston in the U.S. state of South Carolina; the city serves as the county seat of Charleston County.
The metropolitan area population of Charleston and North Charleston was estimated at 594,899 in 2005 by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Charleston is also served by the Berkeley County School District in northern portions of the city, such as the Cainhoy Industrial District, Cainhoy Historical District, and Daniel Island.
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