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Maxwell Air Force Base (offically known as Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base) is a United States Air Force facility near Montgomery, Alabama. It is the headquarters for Air University, a major component of Air Education and Training Command and is the Air Force’s center for Professional Military Education (PME). Seal of the Air Force. ... Montgomery, Alabama - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Air Education and Training Command recruits, trains and educates quality people to sustain the combat capability of the US Air Force. ...


Maxwell AFB currently hosts Air Force Officer Training School, one of the USAF commissioning sources. As of 2005, the base is one of three which hosts ROTC summer field training encampments. The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a training program of the United States armed forces present on college campuses to recruit and educate commissioned officers. ...


The Civil Air Patrol currently holds headquarters at Maxwell AFB. Civil Air Patrol seal The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF). ...


The Department of Defense has proposed a major realignment of the base as part of the Base Realignment and Closure program announced on May 13, 2005. The United States Department of Defense, abbreviated as DoD or DOD and sometimes called the Defense Department, is a civilian Cabinet organization of the United States government. ... The preliminary 2005 Base Realignment and Closure list was released by the United States Department of Defense on May 13, 2005. ... May 13 is the 133rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (134th in leap years). ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...


History

Toward the end of February 1910, the Wright Brothers decided to open one of the world’s earliest flying schools at the site that would subsequently become Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB). The Wrights taught the principles of flying, which included take-offs, balancing, turns, and landings. The first recorded heavier-than-air night flights in aviation history occurred at the Alabama field on 25 May 1910. Two days later the Wright brothers directed the closing of the school. The Wright brothers, Orville Wright (August 19, 1871 - January 30, 1948) and Wilbur Wright (April 16, 1867 - May 30, 1912), are generally credited with the design and construction of the first practical aeroplane, and making the first controllable, powered heavier-than-air flight along with many other aviation milestones. ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... 1910 in topic: Arts Architecture- Art- Film- Literature- Music- Television Science and technology Aviation- Rail transport- Science Other topics Australia- Canada- Ireland- South Africa- Sport Births- Deaths Lists of leaders: State leaders - Religious leaders 1910 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...


The field served as a repair depot during World War I. In fact, the depot built the first plane made in Montgomery and exhibited it at the field on 20 September 1918. Repair activity at the depot was sharply curtailed at the end of the war. The field went through several name changes, but finally, on 8 November 1922, the War Department redesignated the depot as Maxwell Field. The depot’s first official flying mission was carried out until after that. Observation missions where flown from there between 1927 and 1929. Pilots from the field were also involved in completing the first leg of a test designed to establish an airmail route between the Gulf Coast and the northern Great Lakes area. The test was a success and played a major role in the eventual establishment of permanent airmail service in the southeast. World War I was primarily a European conflict with many facets: immense human sacrifice, stalemate trench warfare, and the use of new, devastating weapons - tanks, aircraft, machineguns, and poison gas. ... September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years). ... 1918 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... 1922 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The United States Department of War was the military department of the United States governments executive branch from 1789 until 1949, when it became part of the United States Department of Defense. ... 1927 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Airmail (or air mail) is mail that is transported by aircraft. ... The Gulf of Mexico is a major body of water bordered and nearly landlocked by North America. ... The Great Lakes from space The Great Lakes are a group of five large lakes on or near the United States-Canadian border. ...


en airdropped by US military forces during a major civilian emergency. A C-130 Hercules airdropping a light tank. ...


One of the school’s notable achievements was its development of two aerial acrobatic teams: the Flying Trapezers in 1932 and the Skylarks in 1935. In 1940, it was announced that the installation was to be converted into a pilot training center. During following years, Maxwell was home to six different schools that trained US military aviators and their support teams for wartime service. As World War II progressed, the number of required pilot trainees declined, and the Army Air Forces decided not to send more aircrew trainees to Maxwell Field. However, in July 1943 the Army Air Forces announced the a specialized four-engine pilot school. The first B-24 Liberator landed at the field late that month. Early in 1945, B-29 Superfortress bomber training replaced the B-24 program. 1932 is a leap year starting on a Friday. ... 1935 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons like the atom bomb. ... The United States Army Air Forces, or USAAF, was a part of the U.S. military during World War II. The direct precursor to the U.S. Air Force, the USAAF formally existed between 1941 and 1947. ... 1943 is a common year starting on Friday. ... Royal Canadian Air Force B-24 Liberator The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was produced in greater numbers than any other American combat aircraft, and was used by most of the Allied air forces in World War II. Designed as a heavy bomber, it served with distinction not only in that... 1945 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Boeing B-29 Superfortress (Boeing Model 341/345) was a four-engine heavy bomber flown by the United States Army Air Force. ...


The Air University. a college for U.S. Air Force officers, was established at Maxwell in 1946. It continues to this day to be the main focus of base activities


The Department of Defense has proposed a major realignment of the base as part of the Base Realignment and Closure program announced on May 13, 2005. The United States Department of Defense, abbreviated as DoD or DOD and sometimes called the Defense Department, is a civilian Cabinet organization of the United States government. ... The preliminary 2005 Base Realignment and Closure list was released by the United States Department of Defense on May 13, 2005. ... May 13 is the 133rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (134th in leap years). ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...


External links

  • Official website (Source for History)
  • BRAC 2005: Closings, Realignments to Reshape Infrastructure

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Maxwell Air Force Base - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (601 words)
Maxwell Air Force Base (offically known as Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base) is a United States Air Force facility near Montgomery, Alabama.
Maxwell AFB currently hosts Air Force Officer Training School, one of the USAF commissioning sources.
As of 2005, the base is one of three which hosts ROTC summer field training encampments.
Encyclopedia: Maxwell Air Force Base (1319 words)
It is the headquarters for Air University, a major component of Air Education and Training Command and is the Air Force’s center for Professional Military Education (PME).
Air Education and Training Command recruits, trains and educates quality people to sustain the combat capability of the US Air Force.
Civil Air Patrol seal The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF).
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