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

There are many additional stories to be written as we pay tribute to the great aircraft of the past, and the men and women associated with them. Like the story of England Air Force Base in Alexandria, Louisiana ...

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. And in nearby Bossier City was located Barksdale Air Force Base.

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Photos and Memorabilia Courtesy of the Author

F-84F Thunderstreak S/N 52-7080 on static display 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 on static display 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 on static display 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 on display 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
on static display 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
The chapel at the now-closed England AFB
The chapel at the now-closed England AFB
Movie theater after the closing of England AFB
Movie theater after the closing of England AFB
Abandoned barracks at the site of the former England Air Force Base
Abandoned barracks at the site of the former England Air Force Base
Abandoned BX service station at the site of the former England AFB
Abandoned BX service station at the site of the former England AFB
Newspaper Clipping:
Releasing men from some guard duties, King and his boss, Airman 2/C Gene R. Johnson,
help patrol England Air Base at Alexandria, LA
Newspaper account: Releasing men from some guard duties, King and his boss, Airman 2/C Gene R. Johnson, help patrol England Air Base at Alexandria, LA
Newspaper Clipping:
Spectators get a close-up look at an F-86 at an air show at England Air Force Base in 1957
Newspaper account: Newspaper Clipping:Newspaper Clipping: Spectators get a close-up look at an F-86 at an air show at England Air Force Base in 1957
Newspaper Clipping:
A pilot identified as Colonel Daniel steps down from the cockpit of an F-100
at England Air Force Base in May of 1957
Newspaper account: A pilot identified as Colonel Daniel steps down from the cockpit of an F-100 at Eng at England Air Force Base in May of 1957

Photo courtesy of the Greatest Generation Aircraft Museum

This A-26A (B-26K) was used in the mid to late 1960s for training crews going to Thailand for the Special Ops war over Laos.  The photo below was taken at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, after the airplane was sent to the boneyard.

Aircraft 64-17679, "Special Kay", was used at England Air Force Base (EAFB) in Alexandria, La, and at Hurlburt Field in Florida for training. It is now being restored to flight at the Greatest Generation Aircraft Museum at Meacham Field, Ft Worth, TX.  The airplane will be returned to the same colors she wore at England AFB, and bear the IF tail code.  She is the last flying AF modified A-26A left. 

In October of 2013, volunteers from Greatest Generation Aircraft hope to fly the airplane to Hurlburt for the Air Commando Association Reunion and Memorial Service flyover.  They also plan to stop in Alexandria and meet people who might remember those days when the A-26 roared across Central Louisiana. 

Greatest Generation Aircraft is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Foundation, located at the south end of Meacham Field in Fort Worth, Texas. Other planes in its inventory include the B-25 Bomber "Pacific Prowler", C47 "Southern Cross", and a CG4A Waco Glider. The organization offers memberships, rides, gift certificates for flight experiences, SIC/PIC training and more

Douglas A-26A / B-26K S/N 64-17679A at Davis-Monthan AMARG
Photo courtesy of the Greatest Generation Aircraft Museum
Douglas A-26A / B-26K S/N 64-17679A at Davis-Monthan AMARG

Alexandria Air Force Base Photos Courtesy of the Louisiana History Museum

Boeing B-29 C3 at Alexandria Air Force Base (Photo courtesy of the Louisiana History Museum)
Boeing B-29 C3 at England Air Force Base (Photo courtesy of the Louisiana History Museum)
Boeing B-29 B3 at Alexandria Air Force Base (Photo courtesy of the Louisiana History Museum)
Boeing B-29 B3 at England Air Force Base (Photo courtesy of the Louisiana History Museum)
Fighter planes at Alexandria Air Force Base during World War II (Photo courtesy of the Louisiana History Museum)
Fighter planes at Alexandria Air Force Base during World War II

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