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  • Operation THURSDAY

    Operation THURSDAY began on March 5, 1944, when the first C-47 launched from India towing two overloaded gliders filled with Wingate's troops, equipment, and supplies. A total of 26 transports towing gliders comprised the first wave. The gliders, carrying from 1,000 to 2,000 pounds of excess weight, strained the C-47 tow planes and ropes and caused
  • OA-37B Dragonfly

    The A-37 Dragonfly was developed in 1963 by modifying the Cessna-built T-37 trainer. It sported two General Electric J85-GE-17A turbojet engines, which developed 2,850 pounds of thrust. The wingspan of this plane was 35 feet, 10 inches. Its length was 29 feet, 3 inches and the plane's height was 8 feet, 10 inches. The aircraft weight 14,000 pounds
  • MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

    Mission The MQ-1 Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft. The MQ-1's primary mission is interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance against critical, perishable targets. When the MQ-1 is not actively pursuing its primary mission, it acts as the Joint Forces Air Component Commander-owned theater asset for
  • Manpower and Organization

    Manpower and Organization provides advice on manpower resource requirements, manages the wing's unit manpower document and validates UTC and deployment requirement document changes for exercises and contingency planning. The flight provides management services and evaluations, management advisory services, wartime manpower support, facilitation of
  • Hurlburt Field’s Namesake

    Donald Wilson Hurlburt was born on June 16, 1919 in Watts Flatts, N.Y. On August 5, 1941, Donald Hurlburt enlisted in the U.S. Army at Binghamton, N.Y. as a Private. His first assignment was Fort Dix, N.J., where he completed basic training. During October of that year, following his promotion to Private First Class (PFC), he was assigned as an
  • Hurlburt Field History

    Hurlburt Field, Fla., is home to the Air Force Special Operations Command and the 1st Special Operations Wing and has a long and distinctive history. Hurlburt Field was originally designated as Auxiliary Field No. 9, one of the original small pilot and gunnery training fields built on the sprawling Eglin Air Force Base complex in the 1940s. The 1st
  • Hurlburt Field

    Home of the Air Commandos since 1961, Hurlburt Field today accommodates the 1st Special Operations Wing (1 SOW), Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), an Air Force major command, and a number of associate units. Officially designated Eglin Auxiliary Field No. 9, it served as one of the small training fields built on the
  • Honors

    CAMPAIGN STREAMERWorld War IIIndia-BurmaCentral BurmaSouthwest AsiaDefense of Saudi Arabia, 1990-1991Liberation and Defense of Kuwait, 1991Southwest Asia Cease Fire, 1991ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMERGrenada, 1983Panama, 1989 - 1990JOINT MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARDJUST CAUSEDESERT STORMDECORATIONSDistinguished Unit CitationBurma & India 25 March -
  • H-3 Jolly Green

    The CH-3E, one of the family of Sikorsky helicopters, served special operations at Hurlburt Field for more than seven years until replaced; by a large helicopter. Two 1,500-horse engines powered the CH-3E, which had a rotor diameter of 62 feet, a fuselage length of 57 feet 3 inches, and empty gross weights of 13,255 and 22,050 pounds respectively.
  • C-46 Commando

    The Curtis-Wright Corporation C-46 was developed form the original XC-55 design of 1936. The first flight took place March 26, 1940, and by the time of first delivery to the Army Air Force in 1942, it had been named the C-46 Commando. Ultimately, more than 3,000 C-46s were built and the aircraft remained in service into the 1960s and the Vietnam
  • C-123K Provider

    The Chase Aircraft G-20 cargo glider evolved through stages into the C-123 Provider. From the G-20, Chase developed into the XC-123 in 1949 with a 67-troop capacity and the SC-123A in 1951. The XC-123A with four J-47 turbojet engines first flew April 21, 1951, as the first all-jet Air Force cargo transport. Chase began deliver of C-123As in 1952.
  • AC-47 Spooky

    The C-47 Skytrain, Gooney Bird or Dakota, regardless of its nickname, was quite probably the most successful aircraft ever developed. Approximately 13,000 C-47 variants were produced including more than 2,000 built in foreign countries under license. At one time the DC-3 or C-47 was in service in more than 40 countries. Developed from the Douglas
  • AC-130A Spectre

    The AC-130 Spectre gunship in the Air Park is an AC-130A model named the "Ultimate End." The A-model gunship was the first AC-130 model. The aircraft is 97 feet 9 inches long and 38 feet 3 inches tall. It has a wingspan of 132 feet 7 inches and a wing area of 1,745 sq. feet. Initially, the C-130 had a maximum speed of 384 mph and an unrefueled
  • AC-119 Shadow

    Fairchild Corporation concentrated on building small aircraft until World War II when the Army wanted a specialized troop and cargo carrier. The company recommended a high-wing, twin-boom design with a large capacity nacelle suspended under the wing between the booms for the crew, passengers and cargo. It would have a hinged rear section for
  • A-1E Skyraider

    The A-1 Skyraider originated as a carrier-based torpedo and dive bomber. As the XBT2D-1, it first flew March 18, 1945, and deliveries as the AD-1 to the Navy began in November 1946. In 1962 the Skyraider became the A-1. The Skyraider was the first single-seat torpedo/dive bomber to serve with the Navy. Its success in both Korea and Vietnam