Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Air University / Maxwell Air Force Base
The Air Corps Tactical School moved to Maxwell in 1931. Brilliant young officers like Chennault, Eaker, Fairchild, Hansell, Kuter, LeMay, Quesada, and Vandenberg formulated the aerial strategies and tactics employed in World War II. In 1940, Maxwell became the home of HQ Southeast Air Corps Training Center responsible for pilot, Navigator and bombardier training, producing over 100,000 aviation cadets. Air University was established in 1946 as the USAF professional military education center. Its programs annually affect over half the Air Force. Gunter Annex, east of Montgomery, is an important, integral element of Maxwell.
Maxwell Air Force Base
Military forces arrived in 1540 with Desoto at Indian village of Towassa. Here in 1910, the Wright brothers established the nation's first civilian flying school and made first recorded night flights. A repair and engine depot was established in 1918 for airplanes used for training in World War I. After the war, the 22nd Observation Squadron and 4th Photo Section assigned to the post made aerial photos of the Tennessee Valley, delivered first airmail to Montgomery, and in 1929 airdropped supplies for flood relief. The Base was named for Lt. William C. Maxwell of Atmore, AL, killed in a plane crash in the Philippines
Erected 1993 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 32° 22.9′ N, 86° 20.717′ W. Marker is in Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Ash Street west of Poplar Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36112, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. North American B-25 Mitchell (a few steps from this marker); Major General James Harrison Wilson, USV (a few steps from this marker); Former POWs And Those MIA (a few steps from this marker); Montgomery Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War (a few steps from this marker); William R. Lawley, Jr. (a few steps from this marker); British and Commonwealth Pilots Trained in the U.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Sikorsky MH-53M 'Pave Low IV' Helicopter (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); North American F-86A "Sabre" (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maxwell Air Force Base.
Also see . . .
1. The Air University (USAF). (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Maxwell Air Force Base. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Lt. William C. Maxwell. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Education • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 553 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 14, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.