Base Pres. - G ood Morning Major Chisholm, Cadet Lt Col...

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Good Morning Major Chisholm, Cadet Lt Col Guy, and fellow POCs. Today I want to take you a little further up north to Virginia. To be precise, I will be discussing the home of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base also known as Joint Base Langley Eustis. Today I will be discussing the location, Samuel P. Langley, the history of the base, the mission, change in name, local attractions, and AirPower of Hampton Roads First there is the location. Langley Air Force Base sits on 3195 acres of land. It is located on and makes up most of the Virginia Peninsula. So that means it’s along the east coast of the United States. The base is only three miles from the central district of Hampton, Virginia. The body of water that separates this base from the city of Norfolk is called Hampton Roads. Even with a beautiful location such as this one it’s great to get a better understanding of its history. Second there is the man behind the name of the base. Astronomer and theoretical aerodynamics expert Samuel P. Langley was one of his era's most famous and respected scientists. He worked at the Harvard and Allegheny Observatories, studied sunspots, and invented the bolometer (a radiant-heat detector that senses extremely minute temperature changes). On 6 May 1896, his steam-powered flying machine flew half a mile -- the first successful unmanned flight of a heavier-than- air flying machines. A subsequent flight by a machine of similar design on 11
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