Moody Air Force Base
Located in south Georgia, ten miles northeast of Valdosta, Moody Air Force Base is the home of the 23d Wing,
In late 1940 Emory Bass, a prominent Valdosta citizen, sent letters to Georgia senators Walter F. George and Richard B. Russell Jr. requesting their assistance in obtaining a defense project on the 9,300-acre Lakeland Flatwoods Project near Valdosta. Soon thereafter, at a meeting in Vienna, in Dooly County, Senator George
From February 1942 to April 1945 army air force undergraduate pilot training at Moody generated 7,212 pilots. Cadets received a total training program of seven months that consisted of preliminary flight training, basic training, and advanced flight training in the Beech AT-10. The final phase lasted nine to ten weeks and earned the graduating cadets their wings and commissions as second lieutenants. Pilot training was Moody's mission until after World War II (1941-45).
In 1947 Moody was
Moody Air Force Base attained permanent status in 1954. In early 1955 the base acquired an important
In 1975 the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing became the host unit at Moody, and its aircrews flew aircraft ranging from F-4 Phantom jets to F-16 Falcons. In 1997 two C-130 Hercules squadrons were inactivated, but two rescue squadrons filled the gap. These units brought to the base the HC-130P helicopter refuelers, which took the place and space of the previous C-130s, and the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, which were used in pararescue and combat search-and-recovery missions. In 2001 the 347th was converted to the 347th Rescue Wing, becoming the air force's only active-duty combat search-and-rescue wing. In 2006 the 347th was redesignated as the 23d Wing.
Robert Mueller, Air Force Bases: Active Air Force Bases within the United States of America on 17 September 1982 (Washington, D.C.: Office of Air Force History, 1989), 1:422-26.
Beryl I. Diamond, Georgia State University
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