On this day in Alabama history: Montgomery airstrip became Maxwell Field

On this day in Alabama history: Montgomery airstrip became Maxwell Field
The bi-plane pictured here was used by Orville Wright to train students at his civilian flying school, which opened near Montgomery in March 1910. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of Air University Historical Research Agency)

November 8, 1922

The U.S. War Department renamed a Montgomery repair depot and airstrip Maxwell Field, an observation base for the Army Air Service’s Twenty-Second Observation Squadron. Now known as Maxwell Air Force Base, the base is on the former site of the Wright Brothers Flying School, which opened in 1910 as the nation’s first civilian flying school. Maxwell later served as the home of the Air Corps Tactical School for senior officer education and air-power doctrine and, during World War II, served as the Army Air Forces’ operational training center for the eastern United States. Today, Maxwell is home to Air University, the U.S. Air Force’s primary center for professional military education.

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