Arnold Air Force Base in Coffee County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Lt. Gen. Robert M. Bond
16 December 1929 26 April 1984
This F-105 Thunderchief is dedicated in memory of Lt. Gen. Robert M. Bond, who died in service to his country. General Bond flew the F-105 both as a test pilot and combat pilot. As vice-commander of Air Force Systems Command, he was ever mindful of the importance of simulated flight testing, and made many important contributions to this center and its people.
Erected by Arnold Engineering Development Complex, U.S. Air Force.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Military.
Location. 35° 22.981′ N, 86° 1.811′ W. Marker is in Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee, in Coffee County. Memorial is on Von Karmen Road west of Wattendorf Memorial Highway, on the right when traveling west. Marker is at entrance to Arnold Air Force Base. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hillsboro TN 37342, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Honor of Dr. Frank L. Wattendorf (within shouting distance of this marker); Major James Duricy USAF (within shouting distance of this marker); LT Kara Hultgreen USN General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold (approx. 3.8 miles away); James W. Starnes (approx. 6.7 miles away); Pioneer Armored Maneuvers (approx. 7.3 miles away); War Comes to Manchester (approx. 7.7 miles away); The Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arnold Air Force Base.
Regarding Lt. Gen. Robert M. Bond. Bond died when he lost control of the MiG-23 BN fighter-bomber he was flying over Nevada. The plane was in a fleet of Soviet-made aircraft that the U.S. Air Force was clandestinely operating. Bond was on the verge of retiring at the time of his death.
Also see . . . Robert M. Bond. Wikipedia entry on Bond's life, military career, controversial death and its aftermath. (Submitted on October 17, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.