Posted by: smyrnatnhistory | May 16, 2008

Sewart Air Base

The construction of Sewart Air Base (originally known as Smyrna Air Base) was ordered in December, 1941 shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Deactivated in July 1947, it was reactivated as a an Air Force base in August, 1948 to serve the newly established United States Air Force.

On March 25, 1950, the base was renamed after Major Allan J Sewart Jr., a Nashville native. Major Sewart was killed in action during a bombing mission in the South Pacific in 1942. More information on the base renaming can be found here.

Through the years the base served as a training base and the sole base for the C-130 Hercules. The base closing was announced on December 9, 1965 and on March 9, 1970, the last C-130 left the runway at Sewart.



  1. How we’ll I remember my time in the 36th Troop Carrier Squadron from 1950 thru 1954. S/SGT Walter L. Kalinowski

    • Thank you for your service!

  2. We lived at housing on base (Wherry – 111A Cleaborne Dr., then built a house in Smyrna at 113 Avondale Dr. We lived there from the summer of 1955 to the spring of 1961. My father, Lloyd Elmore, flew C119s then C130s (his favorite plane) based at Sewart. We were then transferred to Shaw AFB where he retired after 23 years in 1965. Great childhood memories!

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