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Blytheville 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
Coordinates35°57′52″N 89°56′38″W / 35.96444°N 89.94389°W / 35.96444; -89.94389
TypeAir Force Base
Site information
Controlled by461st Bombardment Wing (1956–1958)
97th Bombardment Wing (1959–1991)
Site history
In use1942–1946, 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.

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Historic district

Blytheville Air Force Base Strategic Air Command (SAC) Alert and Weapons Storage Areas Historic District
Location4701 Memorial Drive, Blytheville, Arkansas
Coordinates35°57′33″N 89°57′47″W / 35.95917°N 89.96306°W / 35.95917; -89.96306
Area247 acres (100 ha)
NRHP reference #100001999[2]
Added to NRHPJanuary 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

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

Major units assigned

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

Major aircraft assigned

See also


  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.

External links

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