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LOWRY AFB, COLORADO: A PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE This   site   is   dedicated   not   only   to   the   history   and   development   of   Lowry Air   Force Base,   but   also   to   its   continued   existence   as   a   viable,   thriving   community   after   the Base   Closure   and   Realignment   (BRAC)   activities   of   1994   ended   Lowry   AFB’s   57 years of existence in the Denver Metro area.
The   first   “Lowry   Field”   was   established   in   1926   when   an   airstrip   was   built   at   East 38th Avenue   and   Dahlia   Street,   about   two   miles   west   of   what   at   the   time   had   been known   as   Stapleton   Airfield.   Colorado   National   Guardsmen   were   receiving   flight training   at   Lowry   Field   as   provided   by   Army   Air   Corp   instructors.   The   first   aircraft utilized   for   training   was   the   famous   Jenny ,   an   aircraft   that   could   not   get   off   the ground   if   both   pilot   and   student   wore   parachutes,   so   they   flew   without   them. Other   wood-and-fabric   open   cockpit   planes   used   for   training   were   the   PT-1    and   the Douglas-02H    powered   with   the   renowned   Liberty   engine.   When   military   training was   terminated   at   the   original   Lowry   Field,   the   site   was   leased   to   a   pair   of   Denver aviation   pioneers.   Harry   B.   Combs,   today   president   of   Combs   Aircraft.,   Inc.   and Louis Hayden, who operated a private flying school there until 1947. The   site   for   what   became   Lowry AFB   was   selected   in   1935.   State   and   local   officials contacted   the   War   Department   urging   consideration   of   Denver   as   the   location   for its   new   airfield   and   training   base.   They   backed   their   proposal   with   an   offer   to donate the Agnes Phipps Sanatorium  and adjoining property for the site.
BASE NAME HONORS DENVER OFFICER The   original   Lowry   Field,   as   well   as   Lowry   Air   Force   Base,   was   named   in   honor   of Colorado's   World   War   I Aerial   Observer   who   lost   his   life   on   his   33rd   flight   mission   as an   artillery   spotter.   Lt.   Francis   Brown   Lowry    and   his   pilot,   Lt.   Asher   Kelty ,   were   killed   instantly   on   26   September   1918   when their plane suffered a direct shell hit over German lines during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. Lt.   Lowry   was   born   on   December   1,   1895,   the   son   of   Nell   and   Walter   B.   Lowry   of   Denver,   Colo.   Upon   graduation   in   1917   with   a degree   in   engineering   from   Ann   Arbor   University,   the   young   man   entered   Officers'   Training   School   at   Ft.   Ridge,   Va.   He graduated   as   a   Photographic   Aerial   Observer   with   the   rank   of   second   lieutenant.   Later   that   year   he   was   assigned   to   the   91st Aero Squadron in France. His first observation flight took place on June 13, 1918. General   Pershing   posthumously   awarded   the   Distinguished   Service   Cross   to   Lt.   Lowry   with   a   promotion   to   first   lieutenant.   This airfield has been called "Lowry" from the day of its official opening in 1937.
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“Pursuit of Excellence”A History of Lowry AFB1937-1987
Lowry AFB The History

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LOWRY AFB, CO: A PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE This    site    is    dedicated    not    only    to    the history    and    development    of    Lowry    Air Force    Base,    but    also    to    its    continued existence   as   a   viable,   thriving   community after   the   Base   Closure   and   Realignment (BRAC)    activities    of    1994    ended    Lowry AFB’s   59   years   of   existence   in   the   Denver Metro area.
The   first   “Lowry   Field”   was   established   in 1926   when   an   airstrip   was   built   at   East 38th   Avenue   and   Dahlia   Street,   about   two miles   west   of   what   at   the   time   had   been   known   as   Stapleton Airfield.    Colorado    National    Guardsmen    were    receiving    flight training   at   Lowry   Field   as   provided   by Army Air   Corp   instructors. The   first   aircraft   utilized   for   training   was   the   famous   Jenny ,   an aircraft   that   could   not   get   off   the   ground   if   both   pilot   and student   wore   parachutes,   so   they   flew   without   them.   Other wood-and-fabric   open   cockpit   planes   used   for   training   were   the PT-1    and   the   Douglas   02H    powered   with   the   renowned   Liberty engine.   When   military   training   was   terminated   at   the   original Lowry   Field,   the   site   was   leased   to   a   pair   of   Denver   aviation pioneers.   Harry   B.   Combs,   today   president   of   Combs   Aircraft., Inc.   and   Louis   Hayden,   who   operated   a   private   flying   school there until 1947. The   site   for   what   became   Lowry   AFB   was   selected   in   1935. State   and   local   officials   contacted   the   War   Department   urging consideration   of   Denver   as   the   location   for   its   new   airfield   and training    base.    They    backed    their    proposal    with    an    offer    to donate   the   Agnes   Phipps   Sanitarium    and   adjoining   property   for the site.
BASE NAME HONORS DENVER OFFICER The   original   Lowry   Field,   as   well   as   Lowry   Air   Force   Base,   was named   in   honor   of   Colorado's   WWI   Aerial   Observer   who   lost   his life   on   his   33rd   flight   mission   as   an   artillery   spotter.   Lt.   Francis Brown   Lowry    and   his   pilot,   Lt. Asher   Kelty ,   were   killed   instantly on   26   September   1918   when   their   plane   suffered   a   direct   shell hit over the German lines during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. Lt.   Lowry   was   born   on   December   1,   1895,   the   son   of   Nell   and Walter   B.   Lowry   of   Denver,   Colo.   Upon   graduation   in   1917   with   a degree   in   engineering   from Ann Arbor   University,   the   young   man entered   Officers'   Training   School   at   Ft.   Ridge,   Va.   He   graduated as    a    Photographic   Aerial    Observer    with    the    rank    of    second lieutenant.   Later   that   year   he   was   assigned   to   the   91st   Aero Squadron   in   France.   His   first   observation   flight   took   place   on June 13, 1918. General    Pershing    posthumously    awarded    the    Distinguished Service   Cross   to   Lt.   Lowry   with   a   promotion   to   first   lieutenant. This   airfield   has   been   called   "Lowry"   from   the   day   of   its   official opening in 1938.
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