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Aerial view of Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kan.

Aerial view of Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kan.
Date: July 23, 1963
An aerial photograph showing the south end of Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kan.


Aerial view of Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas

Aerial view of Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas
Date: July 23, 1963
An aerial photograph showing the runway, aircraft, and buildings at Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas.


Airplanes, Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas

Airplanes, Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1960
This photograph shows military personal preparing airplanes at the Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base in Salina, Kansas.


Barber shop, Wichita, Kansas

Barber shop, Wichita, Kansas
Date: Between 1955 and 1965
Rafael Lopez and an unidentifed barber cutting hair at the McConnell Air Force Base barber shop, Wichita, Kansas.


Barber shop, Wichita, Kansas

Barber shop, Wichita, Kansas
Date: Between 1955 and 1965
Rafael Lopez and an unidentified barber at the McConnell Air Force Base barber shop, Wichita, Kansas.


Barracks, Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas

Barracks, Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1940 and 1950
This photograph shows a view of the barracks at the Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base in Salina, Kansas.


Dedication, Schilling Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas

Dedication, Schilling Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas
Creator: United States Army Air Forces
Date: March 16, 1956
These two photographs show the dedication ceremony of Schilling Air Force Base. The facility was formerly known as the Smoky Hill Air Force Base. The first photograph shows Mrs. David Schilling, Brig. Gen. James W. Wilson, and the bust of David Schilling. The second image is an overall view of the ceremony.


Entrance to Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kansas

Entrance to Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This is a negative showing the entrance to Forbes Air Base in Topeka, Kansas.


Forbes Air Force Base depot in Topeka, Kansas

Forbes Air Force Base depot in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1955
Here is a photograph showing the entrance to Forbes Air Force Base's depot in Topeka, Kansas. The depot was located west of the base across Highway 75.


Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas

Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1960 and 1969
Military aircraft at Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas.


Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas

Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas
Date: July 23, 1963
An aerial photograph showing the runway, aircraft, and buildings at the north end of Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas.


Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas

Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1960 and 1969
Entrance gate to Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas.


Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas

Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1949 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows a flight line of B29s and B50s aircrafts at the Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kansas.


General Charles Sweeney visiting Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kansas

General Charles Sweeney visiting Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1956 and 1960
Here are five negatives showing General Charles Sweeney visiting Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kansas. Sweeney was an officer in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He was the pilot who flew Bockscar, which carried the Fat Man atomic bomb to Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945. After leaving active duty at the end of World War II, he later became an officer in the Massachusetts Air National Guard. Col. Sweeney was named commander of the 102nd Air Defense Wing and shortly after, on April 6, was promoted to Brigadier General. By the end of his career he reached the rank of Major General.


Godman Field photograph

Godman Field photograph
Date: May 15, 1919
This panoramic photograph is showing equipment and personnel at Godman Field, Camp Knox, Kentucky. Merle Allen Benson, who was born in Greeley, Kansas, served in the 29th Aero Service Squardon and was discharged on June 3, 1919 at Godman Field, Camp Knox Kentucky. He enlisted at Greeley, Kansas on March 21, 1918.


Hangar, Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas

Hangar, Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas
Creator: United States Army Air Forces
Date: May 1946
This photograph shows the airport hangar at the Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base in Salina, Kansas.


Mess hall, Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas

Mess hall, Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1960
This photograph shows the mess hall at the Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base in Salina, Kansas.


Smoky Hill Army Air Field, Salina, Kansas

Smoky Hill Army Air Field, Salina, Kansas
Creator: United States Army Air Forces
Date: May 1946
This photograph shows the central operations tower and several buildings at the Smoky Hill Army Air Field in Salina, Kansas.


Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base military band, Salina, Kansas

Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base military band, Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1940 and 1950
These two photographs show the military band performing at the Smoky Hill Army Air Force Base in Salina, Kansas.


Topeka Army Air Field in Topeka, Kansas

Topeka Army Air Field in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1942
Twenty-one photographs showing airmen and buildings at the Topeka Army Air Field in Topeka, Kansas. During World War II, the facility was known as Topeka Army Air Field and was used as a United States Army Air Forces Second Air Force training field. On June 10, 1949, Topeka Army Air Field was renamed Forbes Air Force Base.


Tribute to Captain Donald Strother

Tribute to Captain Donald Strother
Creator: Lind, Col. George M., AUS,Ret
Date: 2010
This is a tribute to Captain Donald Strother. Strother Army Air Field, Winfield, Kansas was named in his honor. Captain Strother pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 7th Bombardment Group (H), Tenth Air Force was killed in action on February 13, 1942. He was the first soldier from Cowley County killed in World War II.


United States Army Airfield, Dodge City, Kansas

United States Army Airfield, Dodge City, Kansas
Date: January 26, 1943
This black and white photograph shows a view from the control tower over looking the United States Army airfield in Dodge City, Kansas. The facility was used to train the Women Airforce Service Pilots, (WASP), the Royal Air Force pilots, and the Free French pilots during World War II.


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