Beginning with the Civil War, the Battle Born Nevada’s military legacy sets a high water mark that few, if any, states can equal. However, much of this legacy remains hidden beneath a shroud of secrecy to preserve the national security of the United States.
The first military aviation in Nevada was the Army Air Corps who secretly tested smart bombs at Tonopah and Wendover Army Air Fields during World War II. World War II activities include the Army Airfield/Bombing Range/Test and Development at Wendover where the Manhattan Project’s Enola Gay was hangared at the training site of the 509th Composite Group, the B-29 unit which dropped the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs. The Army ordnance depot at Hawthorne, Nevada was until recent years one of the largest in the United States.
Few know about the early flying wing flown at the secret Roach Lake air strip, or the present day activities in Nevada for future space travel and colonies.
Nellis AFB is the Warfare Center of the United States Air Force, and the training grounds of Red Flag and similar training exercises.
Follow the links in the sub-directory for much more about the Air Force history of Nevada.