Columbus is home to one of only four Air Force Pilot Training Facilities in the United States and has been training pilots since 1942. Over 8,000 students came to the Columbus Air Force Base during World War II in hopes of becoming flying officers in the Army Air Corps. By the end of the war, CAFB had become one of the largest in the Southeast, with four runways and seven auxiliary fields.
In 1945, the base was closed and remained inactive until the Korean War began in 1951. It was relinquished to the Strategic Air Command in April 1955. After 14 years under Strategic Air Command, Columbus Air Force Base rejoined Air Training Command on July 1, 1969, and resumed training pilots.
Columbus AFB is a United States Air Force Base, and it is home to the 14th Flying Training Wing of Air Education and Training Command’s Nineteenth Air Force.
The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau is happy to provide information for relocating military members and their families. Let us show you what Columbus has to offer. Stop by the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center for your complimentary welcome bag.