1941-1967Roswell Army Air Field was established in 1941 and renamed after New Mexico native Brig. Gen. Kenneth Walker in 1948. Once the Strategic Air Command's largest base, its bomber fleet and Atlas missiles were key deterrents during the early years of the Cold War. WAFB closed in 1967 and became the Roswell International Air Center, home to public and private entities. Two world record free-fall parachute jumps took place here, including Alan Eustace's 135,890-foot descent, which reached a speed of 822 miles per hour, in 2014.
|Placed By||New Mexico Historic Preservation Division|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, June 15th, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13S E 545889 N 3688050|
|Decimal Degrees||33.33063333, -104.50691667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 33° 19.838', W 104° 30.415'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 19' 50.28" N, 104° 30' 24.9" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Relief Route, Roswell NM 88203, US|
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