Situated in the San Francisco Bay Area and known as the “Gateway to the Pacific”, Travis Air Force Base handles more cargo and passenger traffic through its airport than any other military air terminal in the United States.
The establishment of an Army airfield near Fairfield and Suisun City was first recommended in December 1941, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Representatives from Fourth Air Force and the Army Corps of Engineers investigated the area and approved the idea in early 1942. On April 22, 1942, the Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington DC, authorized spending $998,000 for construction of two runways and a few
temporary buildings on 945 acres. The project received a top wartime priority, and construction began in the summer of 1942.
On May 17, 1943, the Air Transport Command officially activated Fairfield Suisun Army Air Base, named after the two cities that the base was located between. Travis Air Force Base is named in honor of Brigadier General Robert F. Travis, who was killed when his B-29-MR crashed on the installation on August 5, 1950. At the time of his death, General Travis was the commander of the 5th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing and 9th Bombardment Wing. General Travis’ popularity and the shock of his death led base officials and the local community to sponsor renaming the base in his honor. The proposal was favored in Washington DC, and on October 20, 1950 the base was re-named Travis Air Force Base.
Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center, plays hosts to one of the largest collections of military aircraft on the west coast. The Museum Of Military Aviation History has a representative collection of American military aircraft from various periods: fighters, bombers, trainers, cargo and liaison aircraft. Its exhibits showcase Jimmy Doolittle and the Tokyo Raiders, the 15th AF in World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Consairway story, the Berlin Airlift, and the history of Travis AFB with special emphasis on the Korean War, the Vietnam War and other significant military missions.
This coin honors the distinguished heritage of Travis Air Force Base and salutes all the brave men and women who support this installation.
Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) in diameter.
This is a surplus NWTM item. Packaging may vary.