McGuire Air Force Base, built on property ceded by the Boy Scouts of America, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the contiguous Fort Dix, has served the nation proudly for decades. Originally, it was intended to be used as a home for observation antisubmarine reconnaissance aircraft and army support as Fort Dix Army Air Field, but the focus of the base quickly changed as a result of its strategic location. McGuire Air Force Base recounts the contributions of this military asset with more than two hundred photographs from the archives of the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. Among its many achievements, McGuire was the first American military base to become operational with the F-106 Delta Dart; the first base to operate an all-jet military transport, the C-135 Stratolifter; and finally, the first base to become operational with a ground-launched antiaircraft nuclear missile squadron. In the 1950s, McGuire became the air force's principal aerial port on the East Coast-a role it continues to this day.
About the Author
G.W. Boyd has been an air force historian for more than fifteen years. He served in Desert Storm as a historian for the A-10s at King Fahd Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in 1991 and was the U.S. Central Command Air Force Forward Enduring Freedom historian in 2002. He has coauthored two other books relating to the air force, as well as numerous articles on air-power history. He is intimately acquainted with McGuire Air Force Base and became its historian in 1997.
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