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Originally a dirt airstrip known as Tacoma Field, the history of McChord Air Force base and its units over the years is colorful and significant in the overall history of airpower.

Lt Harold Bromley attempted a nonstop trans-Pacific flight from this site in 1929. Pierce County residents donated the field to the military in 1938. Jimmy Doolittle came here to train crews for his secret 1942 Tokyo bombing raid. Global airlift has originated from McChord's runway since the postward 1940s.

Aircraft currently on display or undergoing restoration include a Douglas B-18A Bolo bomber, Skytrain "Gooney Bird" transport, McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle, and a Douglas C-124C Globemaster II transport.

Take Exit 125 off I-5 and turn east on Bridgeport Way.

This is just one of the many Historical Museums located throughout Washington.

Location: 100 Main Street, McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma Washington 98438 Telephone 253-984-2485

Other History nearby:
(Seattle) Ballard Avenue Historic District
(Olympia) Bigelow House Museum and Neighborhood
(Black Diamond) Black Diamond Historical Museum
(Bremerton) Bremerton Naval Museum
(Buckley) Buckley Foothills Historical Society Mus
(Tacoma) Camp Six Logging Museum


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