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Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is located southeast of Goldsboro, North Carolina. The base is named for Navy test pilot Seymour Johnson, a native of Goldsboro.

History of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

Aerial view of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, 1984Aerial view of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, 1984

Construction of Seymour Johnson Field started in March 1942, and opened in April 1942 as Headquarters, Technical School, Army Air Forces Technical Training Command. In June 1943, a secondary mission was added which included preparation of officers and men for overseas duty.

The 76th Training Wing was activated at Seymour Johnson in February 1943, and the airfield's mission was changed to the training of replacement pilots for the P-47 Thunderbolt.

The 326th Fighter Group arrived in October 1943, and in January 1944 began training replacement pilots for P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft. In April of that year, basic training of P-47 pilots became the primary mission of Seymour Johnson Field.

At the end of World War II in Europe, Seymour Johnson was designated as a central assembly station for processing and training troops being reassigned in the continental United States and Pacific theater of operations.

In August 1947, Seymour Johnson Army Airfield was closed, and remained inactive for nearly a decade. In April of 1956, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was reactivated as a United States Air Force base under the Tactical Air Command. Since reopening, the base has been home to B-52 Stratofortress bombers, KC-10 and KC-135 tankers from the Strategic Air Command, and F-4 Phantom and F-16 fighters from the Michigan Air National Guard.

Seymour Johnson AFB Today

Today, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is a major Air Combat Command base. The 4th Fighter Wing, the host wing at Seymour Johnson, was the first operational F-15E Strike Eagle wing in the Air Force. The wing consists of four groups -- 4th Maintenance Group, 4th Mission Support Group, 4th Operations Group and 4th Medical Group -- and is assigned over 6,400 military members, about 600 civilians and 96 F-15E Strike Eagles.

Other groups are also assigned to the base, including the 916th Air Refueling Wing, flying KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft in air-to-air refueling missions.

Photos from Seymour Johnson Field During World War II

P-47 Thunderbolts on the tarmac at Seymour Johnson Field in WWII
P-47 Thunderbolts on tarmac at Seymour Johnson Field in WWII
B-25 Mitchell parked at Seymour Johnson Field in WWII
B-25 Mitchell on tarmac at Seymour Johnson Field in WWII
B-24 Liberator on tarmac at Seymour Johnson Field in WWII, hangars in background
B-24 on tarmac at Seymour Johnson Field in WWII, hangars in background
Various aircraft on tarmac at Seymour Johnson Field in WWII
Various aircraft on tarmac at Seymour Johnson Field in WWII

Special thanks to the LHM for granting permission
to use these historic photos from its archives

Historic Images of Seymour Johnson AFB

Greetings from Seymour Johnson Field
Greetings from Seymour Johnson Field
F-4 Phantom on the tarmac at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
F-4 Phantom on the tarmac at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base