Offutt Air Force Base
|Offutt Air Force Base|
|Height above MSL||321 m (1053 ft )|
|12/30||3566 m × 91 m|
The Offutt Air Force Base (in short: Offutt AFB) is a US Air Force base in Sarpy County , Nebraska . There is the headquarters of the United States Strategic Command and the Air Force Weather Agency , the squadron stationed there is the 55th Wing .
Offutt AFB was built between 1884 and 1896, under the United States Army it was called Fort Crook , named after George Crook . In 1924 it was renamed Offutt Field in honor of 1st Lt. Jarvis J. Offutt, an American pilot who flew for the Royal Air Force and was shot down over France during World War I.
Towards the end of the Second World War , the two B-29 bombers Enola Gay and Bockscar were converted to Offutt Field to carry atomic bombs. In addition, the Glenn L. Martin Company produced B-26 and B-29 bombers at Offutt AFB during the war .
In 1948 the base was transferred to the United States Air Force and was named Offutt Air Force Base . The base also became the headquarters of Strategic Air Command during the Cold War . The reason for this was their central location on the North American continent, which made them temporarily inaccessible for bomber and missile attacks.
The Strategic Aerospace Museum was founded on the base in 1959, and in 1998 it was relocated to the Ashland area. After the SAC was closed in 1992, the United States Strategic Command was based on the base, as well as the 55th Wing.
On March 19, 2019, Offutt AFB was flooded after heavy rainfall.
- Official website (English).
- 'It was a lost cause' - dramatic photos show Offutt Air Force Base engulfed by floodwaters. March 18, 2019, accessed March 19, 2019 .