March Air Force Base

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During World War I, March Air Force Base quickly established its reputation as a major flight-training institution. The base came to define the "Golden Age" of aviation as its roster of training expanded to include aerial pursuit, fighter, and bomber units. Later March would play host to a number of historic firsts, including Bob Hope's first USO show and aerial feats that helped make the U.S. Air Force the undisputed leader in combat aviation today. From kite-like biplanes and cold war sports car races on the tarmac, to the war birds of World War II and some of the modern air force's most sophisticated aircraft, March AFB has sealed a legacy of strength and central importance to its Riverside home—and to the countless servicemen and women around the world associated with the historic base.
ISBN: 9780738571591
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 214
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author William J. Butler is a writer and producer in the entertainment industry and worked in the archives and special collections division at the A. K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands before graduation from the University of Redlands in 2008. His tie to March AFB dates back to the 1930s through his grandfather and father, and he is proud to share some of their special stories and many never-before-seen photographs.
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