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Gypsy Journal RV: Castle Air Museum

Gypsy Journal RV: Castle Air Museum

WASHINGTON — Atwater, California, located 120 miles east of San Francisco in the San Joaquin Valley, is the former home of Castle Air Force Base, which opened near there in 1941 as an Army Air Corps Basic Flying School, to meet the needs of the military buildup in the days before World War II. Besides pilots and air crews, Womens Air Service Pilots (WASPs) also received training at the base.

When the war ended it became a Strategic Air Command (SAC) base and SAC’s primary B-52 bomber aircrew training facility.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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