Welcome to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Home of the Checkertails!
Mission: Project unrivaled combat airpower for America!
Vision: Build upon the Checkertail legacy as we provide war winning combat air forces of the future...ready to dominate today!

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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: 523-3342
COMM: (850) 283-3342

F-35A Lightning II


The F-35A is the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter. It will replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcons and A-10 Thunderbolt II’s, which have been the primary fighter aircraft for more than 20 years, and bring with it an enhanced capability to survive in the advanced threat environment in which it was designed to operate. With its aerodynamic performance and advanced integrated avionics, the F-35A will provide next-generation stealth, enhanced situational awareness, and reduced vulnerability for the United States and allied nations.

Read the full fact sheet on the F-35. 

Public Affairs Office

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

DSN: 523-3333
COMM: (850) 283-3333

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