Naval Air Station Whiting Field

Naval Air Station Whiting Field

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Naval Air Station Whiting Field is a United States Navy
United States Navy
The United States Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is the largest in the world; its battle fleet tonnage is greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined. The U.S...

 base located near Milton
Milton, Florida
Milton , or Milltown, because Milton had the largest mill around) is a city in Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States. The city was incorporated in 1844 and is home to Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The population was 7,045 at the 2000 census. In 2004, the population recorded by the U.S...

, Florida
Florida
Florida is a state in the southeastern United States, located on the nation's Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of 18,801,310 as measured by the 2010 census, it...

, in central Santa Rosa County
Santa Rosa County, Florida
Santa Rosa County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the population was 117,743, while a July 1, 2005, estimate placed the population at 143,105, an 18% increase making it the 84th fastest growing county in the United States between 2000 and 2005. ...

, and is one of the Navy's two primary pilot training bases (the other being NAS Corpus Christi, Texas
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi , also known as Truax Field, is a naval base located six miles southeast of the central business district of Corpus Christi, in Nueces County, Texas, USA.-History:...

). NAS Whiting Field also provides training for U.S. Marine Corps, Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency...

, and Air Force student pilots, as well as those of several allied nations. NAS Whiting Field is home to Training Air Wing FIVE (TRAWING 5).

NAS Whiting Field is actually two airfields sharing a common support base.
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Naval Air Station Whiting Field is a United States Navy
United States Navy
The United States Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is the largest in the world; its battle fleet tonnage is greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined. The U.S...

 base located near Milton
Milton, Florida
Milton , or Milltown, because Milton had the largest mill around) is a city in Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States. The city was incorporated in 1844 and is home to Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The population was 7,045 at the 2000 census. In 2004, the population recorded by the U.S...

, Florida
Florida
Florida is a state in the southeastern United States, located on the nation's Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of 18,801,310 as measured by the 2010 census, it...

, in central Santa Rosa County
Santa Rosa County, Florida
Santa Rosa County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the population was 117,743, while a July 1, 2005, estimate placed the population at 143,105, an 18% increase making it the 84th fastest growing county in the United States between 2000 and 2005. ...

, and is one of the Navy's two primary pilot training bases (the other being NAS Corpus Christi, Texas
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi , also known as Truax Field, is a naval base located six miles southeast of the central business district of Corpus Christi, in Nueces County, Texas, USA.-History:...

). NAS Whiting Field also provides training for U.S. Marine Corps, Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency...

, and Air Force student pilots, as well as those of several allied nations. NAS Whiting Field is home to Training Air Wing FIVE (TRAWING 5).

NAS Whiting Field is actually two airfields sharing a common support base. Primary Flight Training student aviators fly the T-34C Turbo Mentor
T-34 Mentor
The Beechcraft T-34 Mentor is a propeller-driven, single-engined, military trainer aircraft derived from the Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza. The earlier versions of the T-34, dating from around the late 1940s to the 1950s, were piston-engined. These were eventually succeeded by the upgraded T-34C...

 and the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II from North Whiting Field
NAS Whiting Field - North
NAS Whiting Field - North , also known as North Whiting Field, is located four miles north of the central business district of Milton, a city in Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States...

 (KNSE) while Advanced Helicopter Training
Advanced Helicopter Training
Advanced Helicopter Training is the last phase of flight school for Navy and Marine Corps helicopter pilots. Training is accomplished at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Florida. All training is done in Bell TH-57 Sea Rangers...

 takes place utilizing the TH-57 Sea Ranger at South Whiting Field
NAS Whiting Field - South
Naval Air Station Whiting Field - South , also known as South Whiting Field, is located three miles north of the central business district of Milton, in Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States. This military airport is owned by the US Navy...

 (KNDZ). TRAWING 5 is transitioning from the T-34 to the T-6 for primary pilot training and the changeover should be complete in a few years.

Namesake


Whiting Field is named for Kenneth Whiting, who was commissioned from the United States Naval Academy
United States Naval Academy
The United States Naval Academy is a four-year coeducational federal service academy located in Annapolis, Maryland, United States...

 on 25 February 1908. Whiting qualified in submarines, commanding , , , and . In 1914 he learned to fly under Orville Wright and was designated Naval Aviator
Naval Aviator
A United States Naval Aviator is a qualified pilot in the United States Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard.-Naming Conventions:Most Naval Aviators are Unrestricted Line Officers; however, a small number of Limited Duty Officers and Chief Warrant Officers are also trained as Naval Aviators.Until 1981...

 number 16. He assumed command of the 1st Naval Air Unit in France following America's entry into World War I
World War I
World War I , which was predominantly called the World War or the Great War from its occurrence until 1939, and the First World War or World War I thereafter, was a major war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918...

 and was subsequently assigned to command Naval Air Stations 14 and 15 at Killingholme
Killingholme
Killingholme is an area of Lincolnshire, comprising the villages of North Killingholme and South Killingholme. It is the site of two oil refineries, the Humber Refinery and Lindsey Oil Refinery, and an liquid petroleum gas storage facility .It is also a fast expanding port, handling RORO ferries...

, England
England
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. He was awarded the Navy Cross
Navy Cross
The Navy Cross is the highest decoration that may be bestowed by the Department of the Navy and the second highest decoration given for valor. It is normally only awarded to members of the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps and United States Coast Guard, but can be awarded to all...

 "for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility." After the war he was partially responsible for the conversion of collier Jupiter into the Navy's first aircraft carrier . He subsequently commanded Langley and , and various air squadrons prior to his retirement as Captain in June 1940.

Squadrons

T-34C Turbo Mentor/T-6 Texan II TH-57 Sea Ranger
  • VT-2 Doerbirds
  • VT-3 Red Knights
  • VT-6 Shooters
  • HT-8 Eightballers
    HT-8
    Helicopter Training Squadron 8 is a United States Navy helicopter training squadron based at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, FL. The squadron's mission is Advanced Helicopter Training. HT-8 flies the TH-57 Bell 206 JetRanger...

  • HT-18 Vigilant Eagles
    HT-18
    Helicopter Training Squadron 18 is a United States Navy helicopter training squadron based at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida. The squadron, nicknamed the "Vigilant Eagles", is responsible for giving prospective naval aviators their Advanced Helicopter Training...

  • HT-28 Hellions
    HT-28
    Helicopter Training Squadron 28 is a United States Navy helicopter training squadron based at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida. The squadron, known as the Hellions, is one of three Advanced Helicopter Training squadrons that produces aviators for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast...


  • Outlying Fields

    • OLF Barin (Primary Student Solo Field: Area 1)
    • OLF Brewton (Secondary Student Solo Field: Area 2)
    • OLF Choctaw
    • OLF Evergreen (Primary Student Solo Field: Area 2)
    • OLF Harold
    • OLF Holley
    • OLF Pace (Helicopter Field)
    • OLF Santa Rosa
      Naval Outlying Field Santa Rosa
      Naval Outlying Field Santa Rosa is a military use airport located five nautical miles southeast of the central business district of Milton, in Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States. It is owned by the United States Navy and has four asphalt paved runways all of which are 4,500 by 150 feet...

       (Helicopter Field)
    • OLF Saufley Field
      Saufley Field
      Saufley Field is a military airport located five nautical miles west of the central business district of Pensacola, in Escambia County, Florida, United States. It is an active U.S...

    • OLF Silverhill (Area 1)
    • NOLF Spencer Field
      Naval Outlying Field Spencer
      Naval Outlying Field Spencer is a military airport located two miles northeast of Pace, Florida, in Santa Rosa County. It is owned by the United States Navy. NOLF Spencer is one mile north of U.S. Highway 90, 3.5 miles west of the City of Milton, just over 6 miles east of the Escambia River and...

       (Helicopter Field)
    • OLF Summerdale
      Naval Outlying Field Summerdale
      Naval Outlying Field Summerdale is a military use airport located in Summerdale, a town in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States.Although many U.S...

       (Area 1)

    History


    Jet trainers first arrived at Whiting Field in early August 1949 when eight TO-1 Shooting Stars transferred from NAS Corpus Christi, Texas as part of a new transitional jet training squadron to commence operations in September 1949, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. V. P. O'Neil, USN.

    See also

    • NAS Whiting Field - North
      NAS Whiting Field - North
      NAS Whiting Field - North , also known as North Whiting Field, is located four miles north of the central business district of Milton, a city in Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States...

       (T-34C fixed wing training only)
    • NAS Whiting Field - South
      NAS Whiting Field - South
      Naval Air Station Whiting Field - South , also known as South Whiting Field, is located three miles north of the central business district of Milton, in Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States. This military airport is owned by the US Navy...

      (TH-57 helicopter training only)

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