Blytheville Air Force Base

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Eaker Air Force Base
Blytheville Air Force Base
Blytheville Army Airfield
Shield Strategic Air Command.png Tactical Air Command Emblem.png
Part of Strategic Air Command/Tactical Air Command
Blytheville, Arkansas
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USGS 2006 airphoto
Eaker AFB is located in Arkansas
Eaker AFB
Eaker AFB
Coordinates 35°57′52″N 89°56′38″W / 35.96444°N 89.94389°W / 35.96444; -89.94389Coordinates: 35°57′52″N 89°56′38″W / 35.96444°N 89.94389°W / 35.96444; -89.94389
Type Air Force Base
Site information
Controlled by 461st Bombardment Wing (1956–1958)
97th Bombardment Wing (1959–1991)
Site history
Built 1942
In use 1942–1946, 1953–1992

Blytheville Air Force Base was a United States Air Force base from 1942 until it closed in 1992. It was renamed in 1988 to be Eaker Air Force Base.[1] It was located 3 miles (4.8 km) northwest of Blytheville, Arkansas. The facility is now operated as the Arkansas International Airport.

It was known as Blytheville Army Airfield during 1942–1948, as Blytheville Air Force Base during 1948–1988, and as Eaker Air Force Base during 1988–1992.

Historic district[edit]

Blytheville Air Force Base Strategic Air Command (SAC) Alert and Weapons Storage Areas Historic District
Blytheville Air Force Base is located in Arkansas
Blytheville Air Force Base
Location 4701 Memorial Drive, Blytheville, Arkansas
Coordinates 35°57′33″N 89°57′47″W / 35.95917°N 89.96306°W / 35.95917; -89.96306
Area 247 acres (100 ha)
NRHP reference # 100001999[2]
Added to NRHP January 26, 2018

The Blytheville Air Force Base Strategic Air Command (SAC) Alert and Weapons Storage Areas Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2018.[2]

It is a 247 acres (100 ha) historic district which included 23 contributing buildings, 33 contributing structures, two contributing sites, and a contributing object, as well as two non-contributing buildings.[3]

Major commands to which assigned[edit]

Emblem of the 461st Bombardment Wing, 1956–1958
Emblem of the 97th Bombardment Wing, 1959–1992
Redesignated Strategic Air Command, 21 March 1946 – 1 April 1946

Major units assigned[edit]

  • 25th Twin Engine Flying Training Group, 25 July 1942 – 29 February 1944
  • Army Air Force Pilot School, 3 May 1942 – 31 May 1945
  • 211th Army Air Force Base Unit, 1 May 1944 – 15 June 1945
  • 809th Army Air Force Base Unit, 16 June 1945 – 31 March 1946
  • 334th Army Air Force Base Unit, 1 April 1946 – 25 November 1946
  • 461st Bombardment Wing, 8 April 1956 – 1 April 1958
  • 4329th Air Base Squadron, 1 April 1958 – 1 July 1959
  • 97th Bombardment Wing, 1 July 1959 – 1 September 1991
Redesignated: 97th Wing, 1 September 1991 – 1 April 1992

Major aircraft assigned[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eaker Air Force Base". 
  2. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places: Weekly list". National Park Service. January 26, 2018. 
  3. ^ Edward Salo; Edward Harthorn; Zach Mitchell; Frank Walker; Travis Raterman (September 11, 2017). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Blytheville Air Force Base Strategic Air Command (SAC) Alert and Weapons Storage Areas Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved February 19, 2018.  With maps and 23 photos.

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