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Choctaw Naval Outlying Field

Choctaw Naval Outlying Field
Eglin Dillon Airdrome
Eglin Air Force Auxiliary Field #10
Located near: Pensacola, Florida


2006 USGS airphoto

Choctaw OLF
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Type Military airfield
Site history
Battles/wars World War II

Choctaw Naval Outlying Field (ICAO: KNFJFAA LID: NFJ) is the United States Navy's designation for an auxiliary airfield that was originally constructed during World War II as Eglin Field (now Eglin AFB) Auxiliary Field # 10. It is located 16.6 miles northeast of Pensacola, Florida.

History

Constructed in Santa Rosa County, the westernmost of Eglin's ten satellite fields, Auxiliary Field 10 was originally named Dillon Field for Capt Barclay H. Dillon, USAAF, a test pilot of the Fighter Section of the 1st Proving Ground Group, Eglin Field, killed 2 October 1943 when his P-38J-5-LO Lightning, 42-67103, crashed 8 miles W of Milton, Florida.[1] Field 10 was later named Eglin Dillon Airdrome.[2]

The field was constructed in 1942 by the Army Air Forces as part of the Eglin Field military reservation. It initially consisted of three 4000' asphalt runways in an "A" type configuration. Runway 18/36 is now 8000' long with 1000' of overhang on each side and 150' wide. No ground station was constructed. It was transferred to the United States Navy in 1943 as NAF 05822 and was designated an Outlying Field for NAS Whiting Field. Now used primarily for U.S. Navy basic flight training, the Navy refers to it as Outlying Field Choctaw (OLF), a satellite field for Training Air Wing SIX at Naval Air Station Pensacola and Training Air Wing FIVE at Naval Air Station Whiting Field.[3]

It is also used for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle [UAV] training by the U.S. Air Force.[4]

It is expected that Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps F-35 Lightning IIs assigned to the 33d Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base will utilize OLF Choctaw for training.[5]

See also

References

Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ "USAAF/USAF Accidents for Florida". Accident-Report.com. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  2. ^ Angell, Joseph W., "History of the Army Air Forces Proving Ground Command – Part One – Historical Outline 1933–1944", The Historical Branch, Army Air Forces Proving Ground Command, Eglin AFB, Florida, reprint by Office of History, Munitions Systems Division, Eglin AFB, Florida, circa 1990, page 105.
  3. ^ "Factsheets : Eglin Air Force Base History". Eglin.af.mil. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  4. ^ http://webgis.co.okaloosa.fl.us/jlus/docs/jlus_docs/Individual_Sections/Report/-Sec%2016%20-%20Eglin.pdf
  5. ^ This story was written by Master Sgt. Russell P. Petcoff (2010-07-29). "Eglin chosen as preferred alternative F-35 base". Eglin.af.mil. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 

External links

  • NOLF Choctaw at GlobalSecurity.org


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