Langley Field: Creating an Air Force

Langley Field: Creating an Air Force (HMMLL)

Location: Hampton, VA 23669
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 1.467', W 76° 20.62'

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In Dec. 1916, the U.S. Army purchased land four miles north of here to build an airfield to use jointly with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. During World War I, the Army trained aircrews and tested aircraft there. In 1921, Brig. Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell led bombing trials from Langley to demonstrate that air power could destroy battleships. On 1 March 1935, Air Corps Combat units were realigned nationwide under the GHQ Air Force. Led from Langley by Maj. Gen. Frank Andrews, that combat air command was the forerunner of the Army Air Forces of World War II and marked the first real step toward the U.S. Air Force.
Marker NumberWY 96
Year Placed2005
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 10:32pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 380481 N 4098428
Decimal Degrees37.02445000, -76.34366667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 1.467', W 76° 20.62'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 1' 28.02" N, 76° 20' 37.20" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 45-57 S King St, Hampton VA 23669, US
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