Pope Field is a U. S. military facility located 12 miles northwest of the central business district of Fayetteville, in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. Formerly known as Pope Air Force Base, the facility continues to be used by the United States Air Force but is now operated by the U. S. Army as part of Fort Bragg, the United States Army Fort Bragg Garrison is the host organization at Pope Field. The garrison provides support, security, and protection to include emergency medical and fire response, aircraft security. The United States Air Force 43d Airlift Group was activated at Pope on March 1,2011, furthermore, the 43 AMOG has responsibility supporting training missions for the Fort Braggs XVIII Airborne Corps and 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers. In 1918, Congress established Camp Bragg, an Army field artillery site named for the Confederate General Braxton Bragg, an aviation landing field was added a year later. The War Department officially established Pope Field in 1919, and it ranks as one of the oldest installations in the Air Force. Pope AFB is named after First Lieutenant Harley Halbert Pope who was killed on January 7,1919, after five years, Camp Bragg became a permanent Army post renamed Fort Bragg. Original operations included photographing terrain for mapping, carrying the mail, observation planes and observation balloons occupied Pope Field for the first eight years. In December 1927, Pope Field played a role in the development of tactics that would prove important in shortening World War II. The 1930s saw the first major expansion of the facilities at Pope, in 1935, Pope Field hosted 535 aircraft in one day as the United States Army Air Corps practiced large scale operations along the East Coast. In 1940, paved runways replaced dirt open fields, much of the parking ramp space remained unpaved until after World War II. The tempo of activities at Pope quickened with the outbreak of World War II. During the 1940s, the base swelled as a carrier training site. Hangars 4 and 5 and the Pope Air Force Base Historic District were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, after the war, Pope Field became Pope Air Force Base with the creation of the United States Air Force on 18 September 1947. The base served as the home of the 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Group and it was redesignated as the 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in June 1948. At Pope, the 10th flew the P/F-51 Mustang, as well as its photo recon variant the F-6, later redesignated the RF-51. Operational squadrons were, 1st Photographic Reconnaissance 15th Photographic Reconnaissance The 10th TRG was inactivated on April 1,1949 and it was transferred to Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, on August 20,1954. On September 21,1954, Ninth AF turned Pope over to the 464th Troop Carrier Wing which transferred from Lawson AFB, the wing provided aeromedical airlift and flew humanitarian missions as required
Pope Air Force Base, circa 1992 during the start of Air Rodeo '92
C-130E Serial 63-7876 of the 41st Tactical Airlift Squadron during the Vietnam War.
"Flying Tiger" General Dynamics F-16C Block 40E Fighting Falcon Serial 89-2008 of the 74th Fighter Squadron.
"Flying Tiger" Lockheed C-130E-LM Hercules Serial 63-7846 of the 41st Airlift Squadron.