LOWRY AFB The History


Original Publication:  01/06/2017  16:09
 Last Updated:  08/07/2017  09:29

Throughout Lowry’s history there have been many well-known people associated with Lowry Field…which

subsequently became Lowry AFB. These pages serve to highlight some of their presence over the years.

During Lowry’s 57 years many known names stop in to visit. Richard Byrd and his 1925 Fokker F. VII Tri-

Motor airplane “Josephine Ford” landed at Lowry Field in 1926. Charles Lindbergh visited Lowry with his

now-famous “Spirit of St. Louis” aircraft in 1927. 1941 saw Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy visiting

Lowry.  In 1943 the “Brown Bomber” Sgt Joe Louis and Cpl. “Sugar” Ray Robinson paid a visit and put on a

show in hangar 1.  Also in 1943 Major General P.T. Mow, commander-in-chief of the Chinese Air Force, and

his staff visited to inspect the detachment of Chinese cadets now in training at the department of

armament. In 1953 James Stewart, Francis Langford,  June Allyson, accompanied by her husband Dick

Powell, filmed part of the Glenn Miller story at Lowry, with the movie being released in 1954. General

Dwight Eisenhower of the Army and later as the president  used Lowry as the summer Whitehouse.  In

1953 President Eisenhower met with Secretary of State John Foster Dulles who brought news of his

successful talks with President Syngman Rhee of the Republic of South Korea.  Also in attendance was

Asst. Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs Walter S. Robertson and U.S. Ambassador to the United

Nations Henry Cabot Lodge.  In 1964 movie and TV star Cliff Robertson stopped in to get a ride in a T-33 Jet

trainer. James Drury visited Lowry in 1964 making an appearance at “Kid’s Day” activities. 

Celebrities seen around Lowry Field