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Welcome to Maxwell Air Force Base

The historical town of Montgomery, Alabama is home to one of our nation’s most prestigious air force bases, the Maxwell Air Force Base. Officially named the Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, it is the home of the Air University, an important constituent of the Air Education and Training Command. Way back in 1910, the Wright brothers opened one of the world’s first flying schools, and that eventually became the Maxwell AF Base. During the First World War, the base was used as a repair depot for planes. To add to its illustrious past, in 1929, Maxwell AFB planes were the first planes ever to air-drop supplies and food during a civilian emergency. In addition to the Air University, Maxwell AFB is the US Air Force’s center for Professional Military Education and the Officer Training School. The base is home to the 42d Air Base Wing, the USAF Reserve 908th Airlift Wing and the 357th Airlift Squadron. You will find some of the friendliest people at this base, and have the opportunity to witness amazing air shows and parachutists in action. Further, there is an impressive display of aircraft, such as the C-130Hercules, and military equipment. This base is built for the tourist with such attractions as a bowling alley, an auto hobby shop, a golf course, outdoor swimming pools and a great sports center. It is an enormous base, crammed full of activities like hiking and hunting. If fishing is your passion, you’ve come to the right place. There are two base lakes, one measuring half an acre and bursting with bass, crappie, shell-cracker, catfish and brim. You know they want you to come and stay when you see the RV camping sites and picnicking areas. For outdoor sports enthusiasts, check out the recreation equipment rental place.
If you want a little culture and history, Montgomery offers important sites, museums and festivals. Important landmarks are the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church (1878) served as the earliest headquarters of the Montgomery Improvement Association, led by Dr. Martin Luther King (1929-1968), the First Confederate Capitol on Goat Hill, where Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate Congress and Montgomery Union Station (1898) on Water Street, an excellent example of 19th Century architecture and an important step in the history of American engineering. For children, the Montgomery Zoo, the Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park and the Gayle Planetarium offer family fun. Enjoy a cultural treat at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum or the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
With over 70 city parks, Lagoon Park - a world-class softball complex, and the enticing entertainment options at Maxwell AFB, the base attracts a wide variety of tourists and a number of hotels provide accommodation for every budget: On-base University Inn, AAA-approved Capitol Inn (2 miles), Embassy Suites Hotel (2 miles, $125), Guesthouse International (2.5 miles) and Town Plaza Motel (3 miles). Nearby airports include Baptist Medical Center Airport, Dannelly Field and Kershaw Airport. Road access is from I-65 and I-85 Southbound.