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    Alamogordo Army Airfield (Holloman AFB) New Mexico United States
Location
Lat 32° 51' 9N 106° 6' 23W  Alamogordo Army Airfield is located is located at an elevation of 4,093' above sea level six miles west of Alamogordo in Otero County in New Mexico in the United States of America. Today known as Holloman Air Force Base (Holloman AFB).

Construction
On February 6, 1942 construction began of Alamogordo Airfield six miles west of Alamogordo. The facility included Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range and the the Alamogordo Gasoline Storage and Pumping Station Annex.

Wartime History
On November 21, 1942 became a base of the 2nd Air Force (2nd AF). During 1942 until the end of World War II used for U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) bomber training for crews flying the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator. In 1944, the base operating unit was designated on March 25, 1944 231st Army Air Force Base Unit (231st AAFBU) and later on August 24, 1944 designated the 4145th Army Air Force Base Unit (4145th AAFBU).

On April 16, 1945 training operations ceased and became a base for B-29 Superfortress and used as refueling station and for emergency landings.

Postwar
On February 28, 1946 the base was inactivated and used to support the Alamogordo Guided Missile Test Base that launched the first ground to air unmanned aircraft on November 14, 1947. In late 1947, merged with the White Sands Proving Ground and was designated the New Mexico Joint Guided Missile Test Range (later renamed White Sands Missile Range. On January 13, 1948 renamed Holloman Air Force Base (Holloman AFB) after Col. George Holloman who was a pioneer of early rocket and guided aircraft.

On September 20, 1949 the 2754th Experimental Wing was activated at the base to undertake testing of the first Army rocket, Tiny Tim, Rascal and captured German V-2 rockets, Ryan XQ-2 drone, Falcon, MGM-13 Mace, MGM-1 Matador and AGM-45 Shrike.

Today
Holloman AFB is the home of the 49th Wing (49 WG) of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) and supports operations and tests at nearby White Sands Missile Range and also is home of the Royal Air Force Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Formal Training Unit (FTU).

Holloman AFB has three runways. Airport codes: FAA: HMN ICAO: KHMN IATA: HMN.

References
Holloman Air Force Base - About
FindAGrave - Col George Vernon Holloman, Sr (photo, grave photos)

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Last Updated
July 14, 2020

 

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