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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Eglin AFB, Florida

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Crestview is the county seat for Okaloosa County
Eglin AFB is in Okaloosa County
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1Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — A-10 Thunderbolt II
The A-10 Thunderbolt II also known as the "Warthog" is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground troops. They are simple, effective and survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground . . . Map (db m102694) HM WM
2Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — AC-130 Spectre
The C-130 gunship was a new weapon system in an old airframe. The high-wing design of this aircraft and its large capacity made it especially suited as a gunship. Having the guns below the wings eliminated the basic problem of the AC-47, also the . . . Map (db m102696) HM WM
3Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — AC-47 Spooky
Few aircraft are as well known or were so widely used for so long as the C-47 or “Gooney Bird” as it was nicknamed. The aircraft was adapted from the DC-3 commercial airliner which appeared in 1936. The first C-47s were ordered in 1940 . . . Map (db m102692) HM WM
4Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — AGM-109 MRASM Missile
The MRASM (Medium-Range Air-to-Surface Missile) was based on the AGM-109 "Tomahawk". In the late 1970s both the US Navy and the US Air Force had plans for a tactical air-launched medium-range cruise missile. By 1978 it had become clear that the . . . Map (db m102665) HM WM
5Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile
The Hound Dog was designed as a long range, stand-off air to ground strategic missile. It was carried in pairs beneath the wings of B-52 aircraft. The overall mission of the Hound Dog was to aid B-52s in successfully carrying out the strategic . . . Map (db m102709) HM WM
6Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — B-17 Flying Fortress
The B-17 aircraft, designed by Boeing Aircraft in 1934, is one of the most famous aircraft ever built. The B-17 prototype first flew on July 28, 1935 and first went into combat in the Philippines and Hawaii on December 7, 941 in strikes against . . . Map (db m102698) HM WM
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7Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — B-25 Mitchell
The B-25 medium bomber, named for General Billy Mitchell, was one of America's most famous airplanes of WW II. It was the type used by General Doolittle for the "Tokyo Raid" on April 18, 1942. Subsequently, it saw duty in every combat arena, being . . . Map (db m102700) HM WM
8Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — B-47 Stratojet
The B-47 was the world's first swept wing bomber and the first to use a bicycle arrangement landing gear, which was necessary because of the thin wings. It was also the first plane built solely for the delivery of nuclear weapons. The B-47 series . . . Map (db m102650) HM WM
9Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — B-52 Stratofortress
The B-52 was designed by Boeing Aircraft in October 1946 in response to the Army Air Corp request for a long range bomber capable of carrying a 10,000 lb payload 3000 miles at 300 mph. The B-52 flew for the first time on 15 April 1952. It's the . . . Map (db m102707) HM WM
10Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — B-57 Canberra
The B-57 is a modified version of the English Electric Canberra which was first flown in Britain on May 13, 1949. In March 1951 the USAF contracted the Glenn L. Martin Co. to build the B-57 in the US under a licensing agreement with Britain. The . . . Map (db m102699) HM WM
11Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — Bernard A. Schriever Plaza
The Bernard A. Schriever Plaza Dedicated November 1989 In Recognition of the Eminent Accomplishments and Inspirational Leadership of General Bernard A. Schriever, USAF, Retired as National Chairman Of The Air Force Armament Museum . . . Map (db m102711) HM WM
12Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — CGM-13 Mace Missile
The Mace missile was a development of the TM-61 Matador missile, and was initially called TM-61B or "Matador B”. After several modifications, in 1964, was designated the CGM-13B Mace missile. The main reasons for the new development were the . . . Map (db m102662) HM WM
13Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — Combat Wounded Veterans
Dedicated to All Men and Women Who Are Recipients of the Nation’s Oldest Military Decoration The Purple Heart My Stone Is Red For The Blood They Shed The Medal I Bear Is My Country’s Way To Show They Care If I Could Be Seen By All . . . Map (db m102523) WM
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14Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — Doolittle Raiders
April 18, 1942 Gallant men of the United States Air Force led by Brigadier General (then Lt. Colonel) James H. Doolittle flew from the USS Hornet eight hundred miles across the Pacific during World War II to bomb Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, . . . Map (db m102701) HM WM
15Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — Eglin Air Force BaseAIAA Historic Aerospace Site
The Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base, activated 14 Jun 1935 under command of Capt Arnold H. Rich, was renamed Eglin Field in 1937 for Lt Col Frederick I. Eglin, U.S. Air Corps. The first missions of Eglin were to provide both bombing and gunnery . . . Map (db m140623) HM WM
16Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-204 — Eglin Air Force Base
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. . . . Map (db m99234) HM
17Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — EOD Memorial
EOD Memorial Dedicated to those who gave their lives in the performance of duty 1970Map (db m99714) HM WM
18Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-100 Supersabre
The F-100 was the first operational aircraft capable of flying faster than the speed of sound (Mach 1) in level flight. The aircraft made its initial flight on May 25, 1953, and the first production aircraft was completed in October 1953. North . . . Map (db m102657) HM WM
19Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-104 Starfighter
The F-104 was originally designed as a supersonic superiority day fighter. It was produced in two major versions: a tactical fighter armed with a six-barrel M-61 20mm Vulcan cannon; and a day-night interceptor equipped additionally with . . . Map (db m102651) HM WM
20Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-111 Aardvark
Ordered in 1960, the F-111 originally a joint program to develop a deep-strike fighter-bomber for the AF and a long range interceptor for the Navy. The F-111 introduced many innovations, it was the first aircraft to have terrain following radar . . . Map (db m102668) HM WM
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21Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-15 Eagle
The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. The first F-15A flight was made on 27 July, 1972 and the first aircraft was delivered to the Air Force on . . . Map (db m102669) HM WM
22Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-16 Fighting Falcon
The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in Air-to-air combat and Air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low cost, high performance weapon system for the US Air . . . Map (db m102693) HM WM
23Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-4 Phantom II
First flown in May 1958, the Phantom II originally was designed for the US Navy and entered service in 1961. The US Air Force evaluated it for close air support, interdiction and counter-air operations in 1961 and, in 1962, approved an AF version. . . . Map (db m102647) HM WM
24Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-84 Thunderstreak
The swept-wing F-84F evolved from the straight-winged F-84 Thunderjet. The first prototype flew on June 3, 1950 and deliveries began in 1954, primarily to the Tactical Air Command as a ground support fighter-bomber. Republic Aviation built . . . Map (db m102661) HM WM
25Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-89 Scorpion
The F-89 was a twin-engine, all weather fighter-interceptor designed to locate, intercept, and destroy enemy aircraft by day or night under all types of weather. The F-89 made its maiden flight on Aug 16, 1948, with the first production model . . . Map (db m102660) HM WM
26Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — Faithful Partner – Guardian of the Night
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27Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — GBU-43/B MOAB
The GBU-43/B MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast) bomb, nicknamed "Mother of All Bombs" is a large, powerful and accurately delivered high explosive weapon. The MOAB is the largest-ever satellite-guided, air-delivered weapon in history. The 21,600 lb . . . Map (db m102645) HM WM
28Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — IM-99 BOMARC Launch Platform
This launch platform was used to launch the BOMARC Missile. The BOMARC ("BO" Boeing and "MARC" from Michigan Aeronautic Research Center), originally designated as the XF-99, was later redesignated IM-99 then CIM-10A, was a surfaced launched . . . Map (db m102659) HM WM
29Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — Mac Baker
In Honor and Memory of Mac Baker Who undoubtedly would have been this museum’s most ardent fan. Yet, know as you read this, that he is here, just as the soul of this nation is embodied in the flag above. Know too, that like all Americans, his . . . Map (db m102525) HM WM
30Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — MH-53M Pave Low IV
The MH-53M Pave Low IV is a modified MH-53J model with the Interactive Defensive Avionics System/Multi-Mission Advanced Tactical Terminal or lDAS/MMAT. The system enhances pre sent defensive capabilities of the Pave Low. It provides instant access . . . Map (db m102705) HM WM
31Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — MIG-21 Fishbed
The MIG-21F is a short range day fighter-interceptor and the first major production version of the popular MIG-21 series. The MIG-21 is considered to be the most outstanding Soviet fighter aircraft designed since the end of WW II. The E-5 prototype . . . Map (db m102648) HM WM
32Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — MQM-105 Aquila
The Army's first major Unmanned Aerial vehicle (UAV) acquisition was the Aquila program. This program was started in 1979 and was originally estimated to cost $123 million for a 43-month development effort, followed by planned expenditures of $440 . . . Map (db m102655) HM WM
33Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — O-2 Skymaster
The twin engine O-2 aircraft was designed and built by the Cessna Aircraft Corp. The prototype was first flown in February 1961 and production began in 1962. Cessna built 1,722 of these aircraft for both military and civilian use. The O-2A . . . Map (db m102646) HM WM
34Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — RF4-Phantom II
In the early 1960s, the USAF recognized the need for more tactical reconnaissance aircraft to reinforce the RF-101s then in service. The Air Force chose a modification of the F-4C fighter. The RF-4C development program began in1962, and the first . . . Map (db m102667) HM WM
35Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — SR-71 Blackbird
The SR-71 was developed as a long-range strategic reconnaissance aircraft capable of flying at speeds over Mach 3.2 and at 85,000 feet. It was created by Lockheed's Advanced Development Division, commonly called "Skunk Works''. The SR-71 made its . . . Map (db m102706) HM WM
36Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — T-33 T-Bird
The two-place T-33 jet was designed for training pilots already qualified to fly propeller-driven aircraft. It was developed from the single-seat F-80 fighter by lengthening the fuselage slightly more than three feet to accommodate a second . . . Map (db m102664) HM WM
37Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — UH-1 Iroquois
The most widely used military, the Bell UH-1 series Iroquois, better known as the "Huey", began arriving in Vietnam in 1963. Before the end of the conflict, more than 5,000 of these versatile aircraft were introduced into Southeast Asia. "Hueys" . . . Map (db m102666) HM WM
38Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — XM-800 Armored Reconnaisance Scout Vehicle
In reaction to the poor showing by the M114 Armored Command and Reconnaissance Vehicle, it was decided to design a new vehicle. Beginning in 1966, a requirement began to evolve for a 3-man vehicle weighing about 7 tons and armed with a 20mm cannon . . . Map (db m102656) HM WM
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Nov. 27, 2022