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Langley Field: Creating an Air Force

 
 
Langley Field: Creating an Air Force Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 31, 2010
1. Langley Field: Creating an Air Force Marker
Inscription. In Dec. 1916, the U.S. Army purchased land four miles north of here to build an airfield to use jointly with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. During World War I, the Army trained aircrews and tested aircraft there. In 1921, Brig. Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell led bombing trials from Langley to demonstrate that air power could destroy battleships. On 1 March 1935, Air Corps Combat units were realigned nationwide under the GHQ Air Force. Led from Langley by Maj. Gen. Frank Andrews, that combat air command was the forerunner of the Army Air Forces of World War II and marked the first real step toward the U.S. Air Force.
 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number WY 96.)
 
Location. 37° 1.467′ N, 76° 20.62′ W. Marker is in Hampton, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of South King Street and Settlers Landing Road (U.S. 60), on the left when traveling south on South King Street. Click for map. This marker is located in Carousel Park. Marker is in this post office area: Hampton VA 23669, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Langley Field: Discovering Aerospace (here, next to this marker); Ninteenth-Century Hampton
Langley Field Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 31, 2010
2. Langley Field Markers
(a few steps from this marker); Twentieth-Century Hampton (a few steps from this marker); Hampton (a few steps from this marker); Eighteenth-Century Hampton (a few steps from this marker); Seventeenth-Century Hampton (a few steps from this marker); Hampton Is Burned (within shouting distance of this marker); British Approach to Hampton / The War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Hampton.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Official Website of Joint Base Langley-Eustis. (Submitted on August 1, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. A Place Called Langley Field (pdf file). NPS Archives (Submitted on August 1, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAir & SpaceMilitaryWar, World IWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 604 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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