MacDill's Mission and Its Aircraft Move ForwardAlthough the F-4 Phantom was used as a fighter jet in Vietnam, it was originally designed as an interceptor for defense of the fleet against air attack. The need for a jet designed as a fighter led to the introduction of the F-16. Between 1979 and 1993 approximately half of all F-16 pilots were trained at MacDill AFB. Political international, and economic factors have led to many changes since the 1990s. Although F-16 training moved away in 1993, one year later, the Haiti conflict brought MacDill back into the forefront. The base was used as a staging area for C-130 aircraft which raised awareness of MacDill's advantageous flightline. That led to a 1996 decision to bring the KC-135 refueling mission to MacDill. Later, EC-135 and CT-43 missions were added. Soon after Hurricane Andrew, NOAA and its fabled hurricane hunters, the WP-3D and the Gulfstream IV, moved to Tampa. Today, over 50 mission partners share the base's facilities and this certainly has added to the variety of aircraft that call MacDill AFB home.
|Series||This marker is part of the More Than Words series|
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|Date Added||Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 2:07pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17R E 356469 N 3091999|
|Decimal Degrees||27.94530000, -82.45896667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 27° 56.718', W 82° 27.538'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||27° 56' 43.08" N, 82° 27' 32.28" W|
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|Area Code(s)||813, 727, 305, 863|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 101 Washington St, Tampa FL 33602, US|
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