Laughlin Air Force Base

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Today, Laughlin Air Force Base is one of the busiest pilot-producing bases in the world. Named after Jack Thomas Laughlin, the base traces its history back to 1942. During World War II, the base was called Laughlin Field and trained bomber pilots in the B-26 Marauder. The base closed in 1945, after the war, but reopened again as an Air Force base in 1952 to train fighter pilots for the Korean War. It then took on a Cold War mission from 1957 to 1963. During this time, the base was home to the 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, which flew the U-2 spy plane. The 4080th played a key role in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. From 1961 onward, however, Laughlin has served primarily as an undergraduate pilot training base, helping hundreds of brave men and women, every year, earn their wings as military aviators.
ISBN: 9781467107099
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Robert Thomas Marcell is a practicing historian with historical training from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Chicago. The Laughlin Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Del Rio, Texas, dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of Laughlin Air Force Base at the Laughlin Heritage Foundation Museum. The images that make up this book come from the collections of Laughlin Air Force Base and the Laughlin Heritage Foundation.
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