Eaker Air Force Base

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Eaker Air Force Base
Blytheville Air Force Base
Blytheville Army Airfield
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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

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

Previous names[edit]

  • Blytheville Army Airfield, 1942–1948
  • Blytheville Air Force Base, 1948–1988
  • Eaker Air Force Base, 1988–1992

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]

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