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Maxwell Air Force Base/Air University

(Located to West off Bell Street)

 
 
Maxwell Air Force Base/Air University Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 21, 2020
1. Maxwell Air Force Base/Air University Marker
Inscription.  In 1910, Wilbur and Orville Wright opened a flying school on the Kohn plantation west of Montgomery where for three months they trained aviators and made history with the first night flight. Today, Maxwell AFB, home of the Air University, the Air Force's foremost educational institution, is on site. In 1918, War Department established the base as a repair depot for planes flying from Southeastern fields. In WWII it was a major pilot training facility, turning out over 100,000 aviation cadets. Today Maxwell's role is essential in Air Force operations, training officers for decision making and top command in a number of academic schools.
 
Erected by the City of Montgomery.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceEducationWar, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
 
Location. 32° 22.665′ N, 86° 19.224′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Maxwell Boulevard east of North Holt Street, on the right when traveling west. Located in Wright Brother's Park.
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Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 544 Maxwell Boulevard, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Wright Brothers Flying School (a few steps from this marker); Maxwell Air Force Base and the Air University (a few steps from this marker); Native Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); Clay Street Missionary Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Unforgettable (approx. ¼ mile away); Alabama River: The Grand Avenue (approx. 0.4 miles away); Europeans Along the Alabama River (approx. 0.4 miles away); Return from the Argonne (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
View from marker towards Wright Brother's replica plane. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 21, 2020
2. View from marker towards Wright Brother's replica plane.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 21, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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