B-17 Flying Fortress made possible through the purchase of war bonds during World War II, 1943, in Alexandria, Louisiana, Rapides Parish

England Air Force Base

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Through its history as Alexandria Army Air Base, then Alexandria Air Force Base, and finally England Air Force Base (EAFB), the business was airplanes, and defense of the nation.

It was originally known as Alexandria Army Air Base at its opening on October 21, 1942.

Later, on June 23, 1955, it was renamed England Air Force Base in honor of Lt. Col. John Brooke England, Commander of the 389th Fighter Bomber Squadron, who died in a F-86 crash while in France.

Watch F-100 Super Sabre videos of U.S.A.F. Captain Robert L. Ward during his active duty at England Air Force Base in Alexandria, Louisiana

As an active military installation, England AFB employed 3,000 military and 681 civilian personnel. The facility was closed as an Air Force base in December, 1992. The England Authority has successfully transitioned the area to England Airpark which includes, among other facilities, Alexandria International Airport (AEX)

United States Air Force Tactical Air Command (TAC)

The base covered 2,600 acres, and had two prime runways: 7,000' running north-south, and 9,350' running northwest-southeast.

The hardware was the best of its time: the B-17 Flying Fortress, F-86 Sabre, F-100 Super Sabre, the KB-29 Superfortress, the KB-50, the A-7 Corsair, the A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthog", and the rest of the arsenal.

Whatever the mission, the airmen met the challenge, and helped defend the United States.

This base was one of several military camps in the Alexandria area created during World War II and part of the Louisiana Maneuvers including Camp Livingston and Camp Claiborne.

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England AFB Photos and Memorabilia

F-84F Thunderstreak S/N 52-7080 in Alexandria, Louisiana at the closed England AFB
F-84F Thunderstreak S/N 52-7080 on static display in Alexandria, Louisiana at the closed England AFB
A-10A Warthog S/N 73-0667 in "Flying Tigers" paint scheme at the closed England AFB
A-10A Warthog S/N 73-0667 in "Flying Tigers" paint scheme on static display at the closed England AFB

 

 

F-105G Thunderchief S/N 56-3296 at the site of the closed England Air Force Base
F-105G Thunderchief S/N 56-3296 on static display at the site of the closed England Air Force Base
North American F-86 S/N 52-4931 at England Air Park in Alexandria Louisiana
North American F-86 S/N 52-4931 on display at England Air Park in Alexandria Louisiana
A-7D Corsair II S/N 66-3234 of the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing
at the closed England AFB in Alexandria, Louisiana
A-7D Corsair II S/N 66-3234 of the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing on static display at the closed England AFB in Alexandria, Louisiana

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