D-M history stretches from Lindbergh to Iraq

2010-03-18T00:00:00Z 2014-06-30T11:10:01Z D-M history stretches from Lindbergh to Iraq Arizona Daily Star
March 18, 2010 12:00 am

• Charles Lindbergh dedicated the Tucson landing field Sept. 27, 1927, for two longtime Tucsonans who died in separate aerial accidents while serving in the U.S. Army, 2nd Lts. Samuel H. Davis and Oscar Monthan.

• The first building, Hangar 8030, was completed March 25, 1932.

• The base officially became Davis-Monthan Field on Dec. 3, 1941.

• After its official creation as a separate service, the Air Force inherited D-M on Jan. 13, 1948, and officially named it Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

• In 1949, a B-50 air crew based at D-M completed the first nonstop flight around the world (taking 94 hours).

• The 355th Tactical Fighter Wing came to D-M July 1, 1971, flying the A-7 Corsairs. Five years later, the 355th's pilots converted to the A10-A Thunderbolt II aircraft.

• During Operation Desert Storm in 1991, 355th-trained A-10 pilots destroyed 1,000 tanks, 2,000 vehicles, 1,200 artillery pieces and two helicopters.

• The 355th Fighter Wing's A-10s provide air assets around the globe, including Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

SOURCE: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

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