Whiteman Air Force Base
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|Whiteman Air Force Base|
Part of Air Force Global Strike Command(AFGSC)
Located near: Knob Noster, Missouri
509th Bomb Wing B-2 Spirit over St. Louis
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United States Air Force
1963 – present
509th Bomb Wing
IATA: SZL – ICAO: KSZL – FAA LID: SZL
870 ft / 265 m
38°43′49″N 093°32′55″WCoordinates: 38°43′49″N 093°32′55″W
Location of Whiteman Air Force Base
Surface ft m 1/19 12,400 3,780
3.1 World War II
3.2 Cold War
3.3 Minuteman missiles (1961–1995)
3.4 B-2 bombers
3.5 Modern era
3.6 Previous names
3.7 Major commands to which assigned
3.8 Major units assigned
6 Whiteman in pop culture
7 See also
9 Other sources
10 External links
- 509th Operations Group (Tail Code: WM – carried on main landing doors of tailless B-2) B-2 Spirit; T-38 Talon
- 509th Maintenance Group
- 509th Mission Support Group
- 509th Medical Group
- 131st Operations Group
- 110th Bomb Squadron (Tail Code: WM) B-2 Spirit
- 131st Maintenance Group
- 131st Mission Support Group
- 131st Medical Group
- 442nd Operations Group (Tail Code: KC) A-10 Thunderbolt II
- 303rd Fighter Squadron
- 442nd Maintenance Group
- 442nd Mission Support Group
- 76th Fighter Squadron (Tail Code: FT) A-10 Thunderbolt II
- 476th Maintenance Squadron
- 476th Medical Flight
World War II
Minuteman missiles (1961–1995)
Skelton was a longtime staple of Missouri politics, elected to the Missouri Senate during 1970 where he oversaw the state’s overhaul of the criminal code, he won his congressional seat in 1976 after an endorsement from Bess Truman, the widow of former U.S. President Harry Truman.
Former U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton
December 20,1931 — October 28, 2013
Skelton was the chair of the House Armed Services Committee, one of the most powerful committee’s in Washington. He was recognized across Washington as an expert on military affairs and national security. His position on armed services proved invaluable. At one time, both Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood were in Skelton’s district. Skelton is largely credited with making Whiteman the “home” of the B-2 bomber, while Fort Leonard Wood is known as a prominent training base for multiple branches of the military.
Skelton was a moderate and even conservative Democrat. He was pro-life, anti-gun control and a vocal supporter of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” policy. Though he originally voted to invade Iraq, Skelton became an increasingly outspoken critic of the war and the Bush Administration as the conflict waned on.
He also stood with many of his fellow Democrats in opposing the 1981 tax cuts offered by President Ronald Reagan as well as the Bush tax cuts. Skelton’s district trended more Republican during his final terms, with Republican presidential candidates regularly winning most of the counties in his district, often by wide margins. But Skelton rarely had serious challenges.
While many assumed his retirement would give Republicans the seat, Skelton was instead upset by Rep. Vicki Hartzler, who beat Skelton in the wave of conservative GOP candidates that helped wrest the majority from Democrats in the House of Representatives in 2010. Hartzler’s victory over a congressman with more than 30 years in Washington made national news during a year that was particularly rough for Democratic politicians.
“I am deeply saddened at the passing of my predecessor and respected friend, Ike Skelton,” Hartzler said in a release. “I have appreciated our conversations over the past two and a half years and the commitment we shared to see Missouri’s 4th District prosper. I am thankful for Ike’s tireless efforts on behalf of our men and women in uniform and know our country is safer as a result of his unwavering leadership. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
After his defeat, Skelton joined the massive Kansas City-based Husch Blackwell law firm and was named by President Obama to the World War I Centennial Commission. His autobiography, “Achieve the Honorable,” was released only a few weeks ago.
Skelton was re-married in 2009 after his first wife of 44 years, Susan, died. Skelton is survived by his second wife, Patty, and his three sons: Ike Skelton V, James Anding Skelton and Harry Page Skelton.
“Ike Skelton was a man of absolute integrity,” long-time Missouri lobbyist John Britton said. “He did what he thought was right and what was proper. And he was also able to maintain a sense of humor. If you’re going to do a profile of a classic legislator and leader, Ike is a good place to start.”
Additional remarks were offered via releases from Gov. Jay Nixon, Missouri Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, Congressman Lacy Clay and Attorney General Chris Koster.
- Army Air Forces Station at Sedalia, MO, c. 1 May 1942
- Sedalia Army Air Base, 8 August 1942
- Army Air Base, Warrensburg, MO, 23 September 1942
- Sedalia Army Airfield, 27 October 1942
- Army Air Base, Knob Noster, MO, 31 October 1942
- Sedalia Air Force Auxiliary Field, 24 June 1948
- Sedalia Air Force Base, 1 August 1951
- Whiteman Air Force Base, 1 October 1955
Major commands to which assigned
- Air Transport Command, 26 June 1942 (rdsgd I Troop Carrier Command, July 1942)
- Continental Air Forces, 16 April 1945
- Tactical Air Command, 21 March 1946
- Inactivated 1 September 1946
- Air Materiel Command, 14 December 1947 (during inactive status)
- Activated 1 July 1951
- Strategic Air Command, 1 August 1951
- Air Combat Command, 1 June 1992
- Air Force Global Strike Command, 1 February 2010
Major units assigned
- 50th Troop Carrier Wing, 11 September 1942 – 26 April 1943
- 53d Troop Carrier Wing, 15 April 1943 – 25 July 1943
- 61st Troop Carrier Wing, 23 July 1943 – 4 October 1945
- 53d Troop Carrier Wing, 1 October 1945 – 1 March 1946
- 340th Bombardment Wing, 20 October 1952 – 1 September 1963
- 17th Air Division, 15 July 1959 – 30 June 1971
- 351st Strategic Missile Wing, 1 February 1963 – 31 July 1995
- 509th Bomb Wing, 30 September 1990 – present
- 442nd Fighter Wing, 12 June 1994 – present
- 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, 4 October 2008 – present
- 20th Reconnaissance Squadron, February 2010 – present
Whiteman in pop culture
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
- This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "Whiteman Air Force Base".
- Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office 1961 (republished 1983, Office of Air Force History, ISBN 0-912799-02-1).
- Ravenstein, Charles A. Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History 1984. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.
- Mueller, Robert, Air Force Bases Volume I, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982, Office of Air Force History, 1989
- Mr. SKELTON. Mr. Speaker, on December 22, 1994 an article appeared in the Windsor Review, a newspaper in the Fourth Congressional District of the State of Missouri. The article, entitled `B-2 Has Phenomenal First Year At Whiteman Air Force Base,' examines the first year accomplishments of the B-2 stealth bomber. I enter the article into the Congressional Record: