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Eglin AFB in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Eglin Air Force Base

 
 
Eglin Air Force Base Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 29, 2016
1. Eglin Air Force Base Marker
Inscription. Originally established on June 14, 1935, as Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Range with 1460 acres of land donated by James E. Plew, this site was renamed on August 4, 1937, for Lieutenant Colonel Frederick I. Eglin, killed in an airplane crash. Eglin Field became a separate opening base August 27, 1940.
 
Erected 1972 by Mrs. Charles W. Ruckel, Daughter of James Plew in cooperation with The United States Air Force And The Department of State. (Marker Number F-204.)
 
Location. 30° 29.396′ N, 86° 29.677′ W. Marker is in Eglin AFB, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 9th Street and South John Sims Parkway (State Road 397), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on the north side of the Eglin Air Force Base east gate Visitors Center (building 873). It is just before the controlled entry gate. Base access is not required to view marker, however this is on military property. Marker is at or near this postal address: 873 9th Street, Eglin AFB FL 32542, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. IM-99 BOMARC Launch Platform (approx. 4.2 miles away); RF4-Phantom II (approx. 4.3 miles away);
Eglin Air Force Base Visitors Center image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 29, 2016
2. Eglin Air Force Base Visitors Center
AGM-109 MRASM Missile (approx. 4.3 miles away); F-84 Thunderstreak (approx. 4.3 miles away); T-33 T-Bird (approx. 4.3 miles away); F-89 Scorpion (approx. 4.3 miles away); UH-1 Iroquois (approx. 4.3 miles away); F-100 Supersabre (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eglin AFB.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on the extensive history of Eglin Air Force Base. (Submitted on October 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. USAF Factsheet about Eglin Air Force Base. (Submitted on October 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) uses Eglin Air Force Base runways. Includes photos and history of Eglin Air Force Base. (Submitted on October 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitary
 
View of a portion of the EOD school barracks in background and other base buildings. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 29, 2016
3. View of a portion of the EOD school barracks in background and other base buildings.
USAAC Lieutenant Colonel Fredrick I Eglin image. Click for full size.
By Public domain - USGOV-PD
4. USAAC Lieutenant Colonel Fredrick I Eglin
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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