Home of the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing
Saturday, July 29, 2017 8:30 A.M. until 11:30 A.M.
Cost $15.00 via bus
Must be 18
Offutt Air Force Base began as an 1890s army outpost, Ft. Crook, which was named at General George Crook, who fought in the Civil War and the Plains Indians Wars. In 1918, the U.S. Army Air Corps assigned a balloon observer company to the fort and a few years later began built an airfield there, naming that for Jarvis Offutt, an Omaha airman who died in WWI. During WWII, the Glenn L. Martin Co. erected a plant at the airfield to build B-26 Marauders and B-29s, including the Enola Gay and others destined for the 509th Composite Group. After the creation of the Air Force, the airfield became Offutt AFB and ultimately hosted the Strategic Air Command from its inception in 1948 until SAC was deactivated in 1992. It was replaced by Strategic Command, STRATCOM, a unified command. Today Offutt also has the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron and Air Force Global Weather Center.