|COLUMBUS AFB, Columbus, MS|
"To Defend the United States of America by Building the World's Best Warriors, Leaders, and Professional Military Pilots."
History of Columbus AFB
| Columbus AFB's rich history dates back to WWII, when steady efforts from the citizens of Columbus to the U.S. War Department finally payed off. On 12 August 1941, the citizens of Columbus leased the land to the U.S. government for just $1 a day to install a new pilot training base. Columbus AFB's first class began on 9 February 1942 and consisted of 25 cadets who had already completely most of their training at Barksdale Field who graduated 6 March 1942. During WWII, 7,766 students came to Columbus for pilot training, 7,412 of which graduated and received their wings and commissions. At some points, Columbus AFB was graduating 195 pilots a month. However, Columbus AFB hadn't reached its peak until 1945 where the force was comprised of 2,300 enlisted members, 300 officers, and graduating about 250 pilots a month.|
| At the end of WWII Columbus AFB was closed down for four years until the demand for pilots arose for the Korean War. On 20 December 1950, Air Training Command (ATC) decided to reactivate Columbus AFB as a contract flying school. In 1957 HQ of Strategic Air Command (SAC) decided to turn Columbus into a SAC base that would be home to the Air Force's B-52 Stratotankers and KC-135 refuelers. Though the first B-52's didn't land in Columbus until 1959, Columbus AFB remained a SAC installation for 13 years. It was in 1969 that the decision had been made to turn Columbus AFB back into a pilot training base. A little over a year later, Columbus began its first Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) class, 71-01. Three years later on 1 June 1972, the 14th Flying Training Wing was activated which continues to this day.|
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT)
Columbus Air Force Base is home of the 14th Flying Training Wing of Air Education and Training Command's (AETC) 19th Air Force. Its primary purpose is to train future USAF pilot through SUPT in all three phases of flight training. After Phase I of academics, all students begin Phase II flight training in the T-6 Texan II.
The T-6 Texan II is a two seat, tandem seating, fully aerobatic aircraft powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turbo-prop capable of delivering 1,100 horsepower. It alsofeatures a pressurized cockpit, anti-G system, ejection seat, advanced avionics and sunlight-readable liquid crystal displays (LCDs).
37th Flying Training Squadron, 41st Flying Training Squadron
|After Phase II, student pilots begin phase III training in one of four airframes. Either the T-38C Talon, the T-1A Jayhawk, UH-1 Huey, or in the T-44 Pegasus....|
The T-38C Talon is a twin engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer. Powered by two General Electric J85-GE-5 turbojet engines with afterburners. It also features a pressurized cockpit, two seat, tandem seating, ejection seats, LCD displays, and a heads-up-display (HUD). T-38’s are trainers for fighter and bomber aircraft such as the F-15E Strike Eagle, F-15C Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, B-1B Lancer, A-10 Thunderbolt and F-22 Raptor.
50th Flying Training Squadron
The T-1A Jayhawk is a medium range trainer capable of holding a crew of three (pilot, co-pilot, and instructor pilot). Powered by two Pratt and Whitney JT15D-5B turbofan engines. The T-1A is used primarily as a trainer for airlift and tanker aircraft though it is also used for U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps navigator training.
48th FlyingTraining Squadron
The UH-1 Iroquois, better known as the 'Huey', serves as the primary trainer for Phase III for those who track helicopters. Training for this airframe takes place at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. Famous for the role it played during the Vietnam War, the Huey can hold a crew of 4, up to 3,880 lbs of cargo or personel, upto 14 troops, and is powered by a single Lycoming T53-L-11 Turboshaft. The Huey seats side-by-side seating, has a max speed of 135 mph, and a range of 315 miles.
23rd Flying Training Squadron
The T-44 Pegasus is a twin-engine, pressurized, Beechcraft King Air B90 manufactured by Raytheon Aircraft Company (formerly Beech Aircraft), Wichita, Kansas. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney model PT6A-34B turbo-prop engines, each engine is capable of producing 550 Hp each. With a range of 1,457 miles, a cruise speed of 227 mph, and max speed of 287 mph, the T-44's primary mission is to provide advanced maritime flight training for the Chief of Naval Air Training in Corpus Christi, TX. However, Air Force pilots complete phase III of training in the T-44 as a trainer for various models of the C-130 cargo planes.
VT-28 Rangers, VT-31 Wise Owls
Airman & Family Readiness
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|Life Skills and Supp. Center|
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(662) 434-CARE (2273)
|Military Customer Service|
| -East MS Comm. College|
| -St. Leo University|
|Family Child Care|
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|Travel and Military Pay|
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Restaurants & Night Life
Greek 2 Me -- Funky, hole in the wall restaurant just a few yards outside the south gate of the base. Though it has a limited menu, you get great portions for good prices. 4226 Hwy 373
The Green Olive -- A 'fine dining' establishment, this casual restaurant offers delicious Italian food. The restaurant itself is small, but it has a nice sized patio to enjoy a meal on a nice evening. 441 Wilkins-Wise Road
La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant -- One of the better Mexican restaurants I've eaten at with an extensive menu and reasonable prices. 1921 Hwy 45 N
Little Dooey -- A branch from the original Little Dooey restaurant in Starkville, MS, this branch offers the famous home made tastes of southern BBQ without the driving distance.http://www.littledooey.com/809 Alabama St.
Little Kitchen -- An unorthodox mix of breakfast, chinese and american cuisine, Little Kitchen is a popular lunch spot for CAFB personnel and employees. 4328 Hwy 373
Peppers Deli & Market -- A great deli with fantastic salads, sandwiches, paninis, bread bowls, etc. Great for a casual lunch and easy enough for carry out dinner. http://www.sweetpeppersdeli.com2017 Hwy 45 N
Sport's Page Bar & Grill -- A hole in wall spot, more popular as a bar, can accomodate a band and has a pool table, two dart boards, and a patio to enjoy a smoke or a just a nice evening. 110 Waverley Ferry Road
The Office Sports Bar & Grill -- This bar looks like a random warehouse but is a popular spot for UPT studs to unwind, and also seems to be the spot where most classes celebrate the results of their assignment night. 3756 Hwy 45 N
Starkville, MS lies approximately 30 miles West of Columbus. With only a population of 25,000, Starkville is actually smaller than Columbus but does offers it's own charm. Though sightseeing may be limited, much of the charm is facilitated by the fact that it is home to the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The best time to visit Starkville is on a Saturday in the Fall where alumni and fans come together to cheer their Bulldogs on in a classic SEC football matchup. If you had to pick one game to go to, the best bet would be the historical Egg Bowl where Miss St. battles Ole Miss in their annual game. For some good food, here are a few of the better known restaurants in the Starkville area:
A much prettier town than Starksville with more variety, this weekend spot comes at the expense of distance. 114 miles away, taking anywhere from an hour and thirty minutes to two hours to get there, the University of Mississippi, Ole Miss, brings in a more diverse selection of dining and night life. From country to hip-hop, your almost certain to find a bar or club that suites your entertainment needs. If your any sort of college football fan, a Saturday trip to an Ole Miss game must be put on the agenda. The Grove, a 12 acre rallying point for all the Ole Miss faithful, is a must see for all who visit. Voted the #2 tailgate by ESPN, the southern hospitality is bound to get you invited to several parties where you are guaranteed to get your fill of some good ole southern cooking!
Ajax Diner -- A charming restaurant with fantastic food but with prices a little shy of a fine dining establishment. Voted Best Downhome/Soul Food by Misssissippi Magazine. 118 Courthouse Square
The Library -- A bar and grill that doubles a popular night spot, The Library is large with three different bars each of which play different playlists with a noticable variety. A popular spot for the college poopulation. 120 South 11th St.