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Frederick I. Eglin
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army Air Corps
In 1937, Valparaiso Range was renamed Eglin Field in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Frederick I. Eglin, a member of the ACTS who had been killed in a plane crash. Also in 1937, Eglin became the designated sub-post of Maxwell  Field.

Eglin Air Force Base

Name: Named in honor of Lt Col Frederick Irving Eglin (1891-1937). First rated as a military aviator in 1917, he helped train other flyers during World War I. On 1 January 1937, while assigned to General Headquarters, Air Force,  Langley Field, Virginia, Colonel Eglin was killed in the crash of his Northrop A-17 pursuit aircraft on a flight from Langley to Maxwell Field, Alabama.


FI Eglin PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of the United States Army



Posted: 21 July 2001
Updated: 5 March 2003