Wendover Air Force Base and Museum
Wendover Air Force Base is located just south of the town of Wendover, Utah. Construction of the base began in 1940, as tensions between the US and Japan rose while war gripped Europe. Construction was mostly completed by March of 1942. At that time, the base serves as a heavy bombardment training site for B-17 and B-24 bombers. The site was selected for the outlying area's potential as a bombing range, which covered over 1.8 million acres. The size of the base, including this bombing range, was 18-36 miles wide and 86 miles long, making this the largest military base in world history. In all, 21 bomber groups and 1,000 air crews trained at the base. Three of these groups were awarded the Medal of Honor.
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