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Tyndall Heritage

The History of Tyndall

In December 1940, a site board determined that Flexible Gunnery School No. 9 would be located 12 miles southeast of Panama City, Florida on East Peninsula. On May 6, 1941, Army and local dignitaries held an official ground breaking for the school. Panama City's mayor, Harry Fannin, dug the first spade full of sand, and Colonel Warren Maxwell, Tyndall's first commander, wielded the first ax on the stubborn palmetto plants, so common on the East Peninsula. The site was covered with pine and palmetto trees, scrub brush, and swamps. Bulldozers worked around the clock to clear the brush and fill in swamps.

Although construction was well underway, the base lacked a name. Congressman Bob Sikes suggested naming the school in memory of Lieutenant Francis B. Tyndall. A native of Sewall Point, Florida. Lieutenant Tyndall was a fighter pilot during World War I and was credited with shooting down four German planes well behind enemy lines in 1918. While inspecting Army fields near Mooresville, North Carolina on July 15, 1930, Tyndall's plane crashed, killing him instantly. On June 13, 1941, the War Department officially named the new installation Tyndall Field.

Contact the 325th Fighter Wing historian by e-mail or by phone:
DSN: 523-2874
COMM: (850) 283-2874

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F-22 Raptor


The F-22's combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities and allows for the full realization of operational concepts that are vital to the 21st century Air Force. The F-22 is a critical component of the Global Strike Task Force that is designed to project air dominance, rapidly and at great distances, to counter and defeat threats that will attempt to deny access to our forces. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected adversary fighter aircraft.

Read the full fact sheet on the F-22.

The Gulf Defender

Click above for back issues of Tyndall's base paper, the Gulf Defender.

Hometown News Release

To submit your Hometown News Release information, visit Tyndall's PAO code: D15

Welcome to Tyndall Air Force Base

Welcome to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. home of the Checkertails!
Vision: Professional Expeditionary Airmen, Precise & Reliable Teammates... Forging Air Dominance Excellence!

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Public Affairs Office

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
501 Illinois Ave. Suite 144
Tyndall AFB, FL 32403

DSN: 523-4500
COMM: (850) 283-4500