Born February 23, 1891 in New York. Died January 1, 1937. Photograph, right, from his biographical folder at the NASM, cited left sidebar.
Pilot Eglin landed at Tucson six times as pilot in command between February 1926
and June 1929, and once as a passenger on Monday, August 21, 1933. His pilot this day was H.K. Ramey. His home base during these years was Kelly
Field, San Antonio, TX. He flew Curtiss, de Havilland and
Douglas aircraft, usually carrying one passenger. His flights
were generally between the west coast and AAC bases in Texas.
He remained in Tucson overnight just once.
During these years he was Executive Officer of the Air Corps
Training Center, Duncan Field, TX. He occupied this position
until August 22, 1929, when he was assigned as a student at
the Air Corps Tactical School, Langley Field, VA.
He was first rated as a military aviator in 1917, then helped
train other flyers during World War I. On 1 January 1937,
while assigned to General Headquarters, Air Force, Langley
Field, VA, he was killed in the crash of his Northrop A-17
pursuit aircraft on a flight from Langley to Maxwell Field,
AL. Eglin Air Force Base in Florida was named on August 4,
1937 in honor of Lt. Col. Frederick Irving Eglin.
The Web abounds with information on Eglin Air Force Base,
providing the standard cursory biography of its namesake.
See the references, left, for something a little different.
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