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Bolling Field

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

Bolling Field was established in 1917 to test naval sea planes and practice aerial refueling techniques.

Throughout the Second World War, Bolling Field served as a training and organisational base for personnel and units going overseas, and was the aerial gateway to the US capital.

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Date Contributor Update
14 August 2019 09:43:33 Emily Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, construction date, closure date and history

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