Hurlburt Field is a United States Air Force installation located in Okaloosa County, Florida, immediately west of the Town of Mary Esther. It was named for First Lieutenant Donald Wilson Hurlburt, who died in a crash at Eglin, the installation is nearly 6,700 acres, and employs nearly 8,000 military personnel. This facility is assigned a location identifier of HRT by the Federal Aviation Administration. Hurlburt began as a training field for the much larger Eglin Field. It was initially designated Eglin Auxiliary Field No, however, once separated, the facility retained its history and kept all building numbers the same, i. e. all start with a 9. The facility had previously named the Eglin-Hurlburt Airdrome until 1943, Hurlburt Field, March 1944. 9, October 1944, with the current name official on January 13,1948, the base commander of Eglin Main was also responsible for Hurlburt, 1942–1946, but when the base reactivated on February 1,1955, it gained a separate commander. He died on either October 1,1943, or October 2,1943 when his Lockheed AT-18 Hudson gunnery trainer, 42-55591, crashed during take-off at Eglin. Auxiliary Field No.10 was later named Eglin Dillon Airdrome, now known primarily as Outlying Field Choctaw, hurlburts nephew was Captain Craig D. Button, USAF, noted for his mysterious flight and crash of an A-10 Thunderbolt on April 2,1997. Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle and his Raiders could not have practiced take offs with their B-25 Mitchell bombers at Auxiliary Field No,9, as it, and the requisite hard-surfaced runway, did not exist in March 1942. A former Hurlburt Field base commander in the 1950s may have started this story, nonetheless, the short cross-field former runway, near the southern end of Hurlburt Fields main runway, is now named the Doolittle Taxiway. Other Eglin fields, including Wagner Field/Eglin Auxiliary Field No,1, and Duke Field/Eglin Auxiliary Field No. 3, were used during this training, Navy personnel from NAS Pensacola, as flight deck shirt crew, represented that services contribution to the Tokyo mission. The atomic missions put paid to this operation and this launch site is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The 4751st Air Defense Wing was organized at Hurlburt on October 1,1957 and it was redesignated the 4751st Air Defense Missile Wing on January 15,1958 and discontinued on July 1,1962 when Tactical Air Command took over the field. Its subordinate 4751st Air Defense Missile Squadron continued operations as a tenant until November 30,1979 and it operated IM-99/CIM-10 Bomarc surface-to-air missiles from this site. The 6555th Guided Missile Wing operated CGM-13/TGM-13 Mace cruise missiles from the island, the final Mace launches from Hurlburt Site A-15 took place in June 1974. Hurlburt Field fell into disrepair following World War II, but was reactivated in 1955, the 17th Bombardment Wing was reactivated on April 1,1955 and assigned to the Ninth Air Force, with the 34th, 37th
Main Gate (about 1967)
A CV-22 Osprey aircraft from the 8th Special Operations Squadron flies over the Emerald Coast outside Hurlburt Field, Fla., on January 31, 2009. While over the water, the crew practiced using a hoist, which is used to rescue stranded personnel.
First Lieutenant Donald Wilson Hurlburt
U.S. Air Force MSgt Tanya Breed demonstrates a Barrett .50 caliber rifle during a special operations training course at Hurlburt Field.