Craig Air Force Base

Craig Air Force Base

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For the civilian use of this facility after 1977, see Craig Field Airport and Industrial Complex
'Craig Air Force Base near Selma, Alabama, was a U.S. Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) base that closed in 1977. As an active air force base, Craig had two parallel runways, a large aircraft parking ramp and several large maintenance hangars.

Today the facility is a civilian airport known as Craig Field Airport and Industrial Complex (ICAO: KSEM; FAA: SEM).

Units assigned

The last unit assigned to Craig AFB was the 29th Flying Training Wing (29th FTW), being activated on 29 March 1972, absorbing the assets and personnel of the 3615th FTW. Flying training squadrons of the wing were:

  • 43d Flying Training Squadron - 1 July 1972 to 30 September 1977
  • 52d Flying Training Squadron - 1 July 1972 to 30 September 1977
  • 3615th Pilot Training Wing - dates unknown


The 29th FTW provided undergraduate pilot training (UPT) and operated the facilities on the base. Aircraft flown by the wing were Cessna T-37s and Northrup T-38s. The last class graduated in mid-August 1977.

The 29th FTW was inactivated with the closure of the base on 30 September 1977.

History

The naming of the base was important to the nearby city of Selma, and several names for the airfield were considered. The name...
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