Buckley Air Force Base: Boom Base in Boom Town Aurora

Buckley Air Force Base: Boom Base in Boom Town Aurora

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The history of Buckley Air Force Base has never been told in depth. The base has grown from a dirt airstrip to a state-of-the-art Air Force facility. Located today in Aurora, Colorado, the base is still expanding as of 2006. Bringing in over $1 billion for the community and area, it is the lifeblood of Aurora not only in terms of activities on the base, but in the development of aerospace industries near the base. As part of the United States Space Command it provides missile launch detection and warning to the government. In addition, the Colorado Air National Guard continues to utilize Buckley Air Force Base in the continuing role of maintaining alert aircraft to safeguard American lives after the September 11, 2001, attacks. The story of the base from its inception in early 1938 as a military airfield depot for Lowry Air Force Base, to its use as a training base during World War II, and to its operation by the United States Navy in the 1950s is fascinating. When it becomes an Air National Guard Base in 1959, it serves as a source of qualified military manpower and aircraft for forty years in all but one major U.S. military operation. Its conversion in 2000 to an active Air Force base is simply the latest chapter in the base's story. Buckley Air Force Base has a deep history and importance to the United States, and Colorado, as well as Aurora that should not go unrecognized.The story of the base from its inception in early 1938 as a military airfield depot for Lowry Air Force Base, to its use as a training base during World War II, and to its operation by the United States Navy in the 1950s is fascinating.


Title:Buckley Air Force Base: Boom Base in Boom Town Aurora
Author: Thomas John Michel
Publisher:ProQuest - 2006
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