England Air Force Base was closed in 1992. Since then the base has been turned into an Airpark with various businesses occupying the vacated buildings. The golf course has undergone a major overhaul, changing it from a nine hole course to eighteen. Part of the base housing was turned into a very nice community for senior living. The local airport was changed from the old Esler Field in Pineville to the Airpark and renamed Alexandria International Airport.

Update (24 December 2007): Two new fire stations have been constructed. A multi million dollar air terminal and new control tower are now in use. A new hotel has been opened, along with other new constructions, and modifications to the existing buildings. A number of the old buildings have either been replaced or just torn down which better beautifies the grounds.

The golf course has been renovated and is now a new 18 hole facility with a new clubhouse.

We are still looking for photos and other mementos from the past. If you have such and would like to have them posted here please send them to the Webmaster.
Email  Snail Mail: 6272 So Blackhawk Ct. Centennial, CVO 80111.

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Closed but not forgotten
England AFB
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Base Theater
England Tower  - 2008
England Tower  - 1957
Hey everyone! We have a member of our England AFB Family that has written a military novel about fighter pilots and military families and guess what, the story is set at a fictional base named Beauregard AFB in central LA.  (Yes, England AFB is the model for the fictional base in the story, The Final Salute.) Her name is Kathleen Rodgers. Her husband flew A-10's at England AFB from 1988 to 1991.

Click here for her website where you can get more information about Kathleen and the book. You can now purchase the book at Amazon.

Update: Navigator Books just released "The Final Salute" last week on Kindle and with a brand new cover! Click here for Amazon/Navigator Books.
When Planes Stop and Base Closes
Silence Will Hurt Most

by Kathleen M. Rodgers

The Greatest Generation Aircraft Foundation is restoring
the last flyable A-26A (B-26K) and we plan to take it to
the Memorial Service Flyover next OCT at Hurlburt during
the Air Commando Association Reunion.  We are based
in Ft Worth, TX so it would be logical to stop at England. 
Our aircraft is 64-17679 and was used at England for
training crews headed to Thailand.  She is the last of her
kind so while we are making every effort to have her
ready for the trip, we will not shortcut the restoration. 
Will keep you informed.  It would be fitting to let the folks
of Alexandria hear and see the airplane one more time! 
The picture below was taken at Davis-Monthan AFB
about 1970.  Note the IF tail code.  We plan to use the
same as a tribute to England.  Best regards,  Jim
Reynolds, GGA     HYPERLINK "http://www.gga1.org" www.gga1.org