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Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

A-37 “Dragonfly”

 
 
A-37 "Dragonfly" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. A-37 "Dragonfly" Marker
Inscription. The A-37 "Dragonfly" began service with the USAF as a trainer in the 1950s. The A-37 made its debut with the Special Operations when the USAF needed this low cost, high efficiency jet to deal with increased guerrilla activity around the world. In 1967 A-37s were modified for attack duties and assigned to the 604th Air Commando Squadron, Bien Hoa, Vietnam. Following a brief period of flight testing, commandos were flying armed and visual reconnaissance missions and night interdiction raids. The first A-37s arrived at Hurlburt Field in 1969, where training was conducted for the USAF and for the DOD's Military Assistance Program. A-37s remained in the USAF's active arsenal into the 1990s. This memorial is dedicated to the personnel who flew and maintained the A-37, especially those who lost their lives in service of the nation.
 
Erected by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
 
Location. 30° 24.916′ N, 86° 41.993′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker is at the intersection of Independence Road and Terry Avenue on Independence Road. Touch for map. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park and access to the base is restricted. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The A-37 "Dragonfly" image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. The A-37 "Dragonfly"
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Lieutenant James Phillip Fleming (a few steps from this marker); AT-28D Trojan (within shouting distance of this marker); MC-130E Combat Talon I (within shouting distance of this marker); Combat Talon / Here Am I; Send Me. Isaiah 6:8 (within shouting distance of this marker); AC-130 Spectre (within shouting distance of this marker); AC-130H Spectre (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Steven L. Bennett (within shouting distance of this marker); OV-10 Bronco (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
Regarding A-37 "Dragonfly". OA-37B tail #70-1293 history:
Manufactured in Wichita Falls, KS and delivered to the USAF on 10 May 1971 this Dragonfly served various units until reassignment to the 110th Tactical Air Support Group where it served until March 1991. In 1991 the Dragonfly was moved and dedicated in this airpark at Hurlburt Field.

The OA-37B was the only jet aircraft assigned to Special Operations.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the A-37 Dragonfly. (Submitted on November 18, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitaryWar, Vietnam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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