Wendover Air Force Base

Wendover Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base in Utah now known as Wendover Airport. During World War II, it was a training base for B-17 and B-24 bomber crews. It was the training site of the 509th Composite Group, the B-29 unit that carried out the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Wendover Air Force Base
Part of Second Air Force
Located near: Wendover, Utah
Tower and operations building
Wendover AFB
Wendover AFB
Coordinates40°43′07″N 114°01′51″W
TypeArmy Airfield/Bombing Range/Test and Development
Site information
OwnerTooele County, Utah
ConditionStill in use
Site history
Built1940–45
In use1941–1965
Wendover Air Force Base
Nearest cityWendover, Utah
NRHP reference No.75001827
Added to NRHP1 July 1975

After the war, Wendover was used for training exercises, gunnery range and as a research facility. It was closed by the Air Force in 1969, and the base was given to Wendover City in 1977. Tooele County, Utah, assumed ownership of the airport and base buildings in 1998, and the County continues to operate the airfield as a public airport. A portion of the original bombing range is now the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) which is used extensively by the Air Force with live fire targets on the range.


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