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  • Incirlik Air Base History

     The long and storied heritage of the 39th Air Base Wing began on Nov. 20, 1940, with the establishment of the 39th Bombardment Group. The group activated on Jan. 15, 1941, flying the B-17 Flying Fortress and the B-25 Mitchell at Fort Douglas, Utah, and moved to Geiger Field, WA on Jul. 2, 1941. It then moved to Davis-Monthan Field, AZ, adopting

Incirlik History

The U.S. Engineering Group began construction of the base located approximately 250 miles southeast of Ankara, Turkey, in the spring of 1951. The U.S. Air Force initially planned to use the base as an emergency staging and recovery site for medium and heavy bombers. The Turkish General Staff and the U.S. Air Force signed a joint use agreement for the new base in December 1954. Fact Sheet

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