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History in the Air
A Look at the Military Aircraft of MacDill
The Phantom was the first multi-service aircraft, flying concurrently with the Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The F-4 was in active service from 1958 to 1996.
The B-29 was one of the largest and most sophisticated aircraft used in WWII. The most famous B-29, the "Enola Gay," was used for the atomic
The B-26, was known as "the chief bombardment weapon on the Western Front." The B-26 maintained the lowest loss record of any combat aircraft during World War II.
Providing high-altitude escort to B-17s and B-24s, the P-51 destroyed 950 enemy craft in the air in the air, more than any other fighter in Europe.
LB was short for Liberator British. The U.S. Army adopted the Liberator nickname for its B-24s. The British received more than 500 Liberators by the end of the war.
Introduced in 1950, the KC-97 provided Strategic Air Command with genuine intercontinental capability. After military service, some KC-97s were converted for transporting large, bulky items, and some KC-97s were even used in the Apollo space program.
The B-50, the last propeller driven bomber, served with the Strategic Air Command between 1948 and 1954. The most famous B-50 was the "Lucky Lady II," which became the first aircraft to fly nonstop around the world.
B-17 The Flying Fortress
The Flying Fortress is one of the most famous airplanes ever built. The aircraft served in every WWII combat zone, but is best known for its daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets.
Location. Touch for map. The marker is installed at MacDill Park on the Riverwalk, in downtown Tampa. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 North Ashley Drive, Tampa FL 33602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The War Years (here, next to this marker); Tampa Goes to War (a few steps from this marker); In the Beginning... (a few steps from this marker); Technology • Power • Diversity (within shouting distance of this marker); Tampa Salutes MacDill AFB (within shouting distance of this marker); MacDill: 1950 to 2000 (within shouting distance of this marker); Today at MacDill AFB (within shouting distance of this marker); Tampa Bay and MacDill (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
More about this marker. The marker is one of several located in the park. It is along the sidewalk, facing the street.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To discover how MacDill Air Force Base came to be and its roles through the decades, study each marker in the order shown.
Categories. • Air & Space • Military • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 822 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 7, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.