Hurlburt Field Memorial Airpark opens today to the public for first time in decades

Posted on April 11, 2024 by Staff reports

Starting today, for the first time in more than 20 years Hurlburt Field’s Memorial Airpark will open to the public, allowing visitors to see the aircraft and monuments on display and learn more about Air Force Special Operations Command history. The park will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The mission of the Memorial Airpark is to mission is to educate and inspire visitors about the rich heritage and traditions of our people and aircraft associated with Hurlburt Field and Air Force Special Operations Command.

From the iconic MC-130P Combat Shadow to the heroic AC47D Spooky, each aircraft represents a chapter in AFSOC’s proud legacy.

However, the mission goes beyond showcasing aircraft, the airpark proudly displays the John A. Chapman Medal of Honor Memorial Statue. This stunning tribute honors MSgt Chapman, a Special Tactics combat controller who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect his teammates. The statue stands as a symbol of courage and selflessness, reminding us of the indomitable spirit of our Air Commando heroes.

Col. Patrick Dierig, 1st SOW commander, will host an April 22 roundtable, which was rescheduled from yesterday due to severe weather. There will also be a group of recruits at the event who will raise their right hand and be sworn in as enlisted members of the U.S. Air Force. Afterwards a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the airpark.

Public restrooms, water, and trash bins are not available at the facility and visitors are asked to take out what they bring in.

See photos of the airpark displays below. Read more about the airpark here: Hurlburt Airpark Guide