Established in 1935 as the Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base, the base supported the U.S. Army Air Corps, the predecessor to the U.S. Air Force, as its primary facility for training new pilots in bombing and gunnery tactics. It also served as a test facility for aircraft, aircraft armament, air-delivered munitions and other aircraft systems. The base was renamed Eglin Field in 1937 in honor of Air Corps aviator Lt. Col. Frederick I. Eglin, who trained pilots during World War I, and who had recently died in an aircraft accident. After Congress created the U.S.
Society: AIAAMain Category: Aerospace & AviationSub Category: AviationEra: 1930-1939DateCreated: 1935Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS)ValparaisoState: FLZip: 32580Country: USAWebsite: https://info.aiaa.org/AIAANews/Lists/AIAA%20News/DispForm.aspx?ID=76Creator: U.S. Army Air Corps
YearAdded:Image Credit: Public Domain (National Park Service)Era_date_from: 1935