|Moody Air Force Base|
|Near Valdosta, Georgia in the United States of America|
|Coordinates||30°58′07″N 83°11′35″W / 30.96861°N 83.19306°WCoordinates: 30°58′07″N 83°11′35″W / 30.96861°N 83.19306°W|
|Type||US Air Force base|
|Owner||Department of Defense|
|Operator||US Air Force|
|Controlled by||Air Combat Command|
|Built||1941(as Moody Field)|
|In use||1941 – present|
|Identifiers||IATA: VAD, ICAO: KVAD, FAA LID: VAD, WMO: 747810|
|Elevation||71 metres (233 ft) AMSL|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Moody Air Force Base (AFB) (IATA: VAD, ICAO: KVAD, FAA LID: VAD) is a United States Air Force installation near Valdosta, Georgia.
The base is in northeastern Lowndes County, Georgia, with the eastern border of the base following the Lanier County line. Georgia State Route 125 runs through the western side of the base, leading southwest 11 miles (18 km) to the center of Valdosta and northeast 6 miles (10 km) to Ray City.
The entire Air Force base is counted as a census-designated place for statistical purposes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the base has an area of 4.1 square miles (10.5 km2), with a residential population at the 2020 census of 1,307.
The 29th Training Wing was established at Moody Field in 1941 for primary flight training. Initially called Valdosta Airfield in June 1941, it was renamed Moody Army Air Field on 6 December 1941. The installation's namesake, Maj. George Moody (1908–1941), was an Air Corps test pilot who died on 5 May 1941 in a crash of the prototype Beech Model 25 twin-engine trainer aircraft on its first test flight in Wichita, Kansas. The Model 25 eventually became the AT-10 "Wichita", flown extensively at Moody Field during WWII.
On 1 May 1945 Moody was transferred to the First Air Force.: 351 On 1 November 1945 Moody was transferred to Army Air Forces Training Command.: 351 On 1 September 1947 Moody was transferred to Tactical Air Command.: 351 On 13 January 1948 the base was redesignated Moody Air Force Base.: 351 On 1 December 1948 the base was transferred to Continental Air Command.: 351 On 1 April 1951 Moody AFB was transferred to Strategic Air Command (SAC).: 351
On 1 September 1951 Moody AFB was transferred from SAC to Air Training Command and the 3550th Training Wing (Interceptor Aircrew) was established there.: 73 In 1952 Moody was assigned to undertake combat crew training.: 68 In July 1957, following the cessation of interceptor training at Tyndall Air Force Base, advanced interceptor training and Tyndall's F-86D Sabres were transferred to Moody, while Moody's F-89Ds were transferred to James Connally Air Force Base.: 111 On 3 November 1960 Moody stopped interceptor training and became a consolidated pilot training school.: 132
In 1961 following the closure of Graham Air Base, Moody became responsible for foreign pilot training. From 1962 onwards, increasing numbers of Republic of Vietnam Air Force pilots were trained on Moody's 30 T-28 Trojans.: 144–145 In 1963 foreign pilot training was moved to Randolph Air Force Base.: 151
On 1 December 1973 the 3550th Training Wing was inactivated and replaced by the new 38th Flying Training Wing.: 194
On 1 December 1975 Moody AFB was transferred from Air Training Command to Tactical Air Command and the 38th Flying Training Wing was inactivated.: 202
On 30 September 1975 the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing moved to Moody AFB from Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base.
On 1 October 1991 the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing was redesignated the 347th Fighter Wing.
On 1 July 1994 was redesignated the 347th Wing, a composite wing with fighter, close air support and airlift elements.
On 1 April 1997 the 41st Rescue Squadron and the 71st Rescue Squadron moved to Moody from Patrick Air Force Base and the 23d Wing was assigned to the 347th Wing.
On 30 June 2000 the 70th Fighter Squadron was inactivated at Moody. On 2 February 2001 the 69th Fighter Squadron was inactivated at Moody. On 30 April 2001 the 68th Fighter Squadron was inactivated at Moody.
On 1 May 2001 the 38th Rescue Squadron was activated at Moody and the 347th Wing was redesignated the 347th Rescue Wing.
On 31 July 2000 the 479th Flying Training Group was reactivated at Moody to conduct primary Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals training.: 318 On 2 April 2001 the 39th Flying Training Squadron was activated at Moody and it was joined by the 3d Flying Training Squadron.: 324–325 On 1 October 2001 the 435th Flying Training Squadron also moved to Moody.: 325
On 21 July 2007 the 479th Flying Training Group was inactivated and its aircraft and equipment were redistributed to other AETC units.
On 1 October 2003 the 347th Rescue Wing was assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command.
On 1 October 2006 the 23rd Fighter Group was redesignated as the 23d Wing and activated at Moody AFB. On the same date the 347th Rescue Wing was inactivated and the 347th Operations Group was redesignated the 347th Rescue Group which became a subordinate element of the 23d Wing.
The 23rd Wing inactivated the 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in January 2022 while at the same time activating the 74th and 75th Fighter Generation Squadrons. The move was part of Air Combat Command's plans to improve the alignment of fighter operations and maintenance.
Flying and notable non-flying units based at Moody Air Force Base.
Units marked GSU are Geographically Separate Units, which although based at Moody, are subordinate to a parent unit based at another location.
Air Combat Command (ACC)
Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC)
Air Education and Training Command (AETC)
This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
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