Patrick Air Force Base

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The search began in 1946 for a location to conduct long-range missile tests. Cape Canaveral was chosen in part due to a nearby deactivated military base that could support a long-range proving ground for test firing missiles. The base, originally known as Banana River Naval Air Station, was eventually renamed Patrick Air Force Base in honor of a distinguished Army general. Today, Patrick is part of Air Force Space Command, and it is operated by the 45th Space Wing that also oversees launch facilities at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the vision of "World's Premier Gateway to Space."
ISBN: 9781467123808
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 208
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Roger McCormick has been a volunteer at the Air Force Space & Missile Museum since 1989. He has assembled many rare photographs to chronicle the unique history of Patrick Air Force Base. Images from military and community archives, along with private collections, are used to tell the story of this historic base, which has the responsibility of managing a military airfield and a spaceport.
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