The USAF Basic Military Training Flight Photograph Project is a concentrated effort to collect the approximately 119,000 USAF basic training photographs from the inception of the US Air Force in 1947 to the present. The collection includes photos from all bases that conducted Air Force basic training including Lackland AFB, Texas, Sampson AFB, New York, Parks AFB, California, Keesler Field, Mississippi, Amarillo and Sheppard AFB, Texas. The collection will also include Air Force basic training that was conducted overseas.
Where Were You on Lackland?
The following link shows a map of Lackland (1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010) and the locations of the Basic Military Training Squadrons.
Do you remember where your squadron was?
**If you see an error, do not panic -- just contact us and we will update:
210-671-2232 or firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!!
Frequency Asked Questions - FAQ
The most common questions we have been answering of late:
1. I did not see my flight photo on the site, is
there a way to get a copy? Answer: If you do not see your BMT flight photo on-line,
chances are we do not have it (at least not yet). This
collection is made up of photo donations from those
people who have copies of their BMT flight photos --
we are patiently awaiting everyone to send in a copy
of their photo.
We suggest that you continuously check the website
for your particular flight photo.
3. How do I submit a copy of my Air Force BMT
flight photo? Answer: Please see the center aisle of information
on this page: "How to Submit A Photo". Copies
of photos can be mailed in and digitized copies emailed.
4. I sent a copy of my flight photo in over a month
ago-- why is it not on-line yet? Answer: We process the photos in the order they
are received. Due to the overwhelming response
to the project, we are behind in the processing of
newly arrived photos. Please be patient and do
not send duplicates. We will get your photo
archived as soon as possible.
5. I have an oversized photograph - what do I do? Answer: Please see the "How To Submit A Photo."
6. I am looking for a copy of my flight book from
when I graduated. Do you have a copy? Answer: No. Along the same lines as the flight
photos, independent contractors have put those
together and like the photos, the contractors have
not kept copies. The only ones out there are what
you and your flight mates purchased. On the bright
side, many people have been donating their fligh
t books to the collection. However, in the case of
those books from Lackland, typically only one
flight was featured in each book.
7. Do we have a list of everyone who has come
through basic training? Answer: No. I wish I did....but no. Please bear
in mind that the Gateway has had nearly seven
million people- thats a lot of records for this office
The Historian is BACK!
Photo Processing continues :)
With that said, the delay will continue for a spell as I work through the rather significant back-log of emailed photographs, mailed-in photos, questions about the program, BMT Memories and walk-ins (actually, if you walk in the office, you'll get a cup of coffee while I process your photo/answer your question).
The Lackland Heritage Program, a joint effort of the 37th Training Wing Office of History & Research, the USAF Airman Heritage Museum are in need of your assistance in rehabilitating the last remaining 1942 Mobilization Open Bay (MOB) barrack.
Our building, # 6351 was relocated in late March 2010 to its new location behind the newly renovated USAF Airman Heritage Museum (formerly known as the History & Traditions Museum).
Lackland's newest historical addition, building 6351, a 1942 MOB Barrack!
How To Submit A Photo
The Collection is in need of high quality scanned images of your Air Force BMT Flight Photo. Ideally, the pictures can be sent via email to: email@example.com. Photo images of pictures can be sent through the US mail system to:
If you have an oversized flight photograph, you can make two scans of the photo (or photocopy two halves) and send both in. We can put them together and get them into the archives and on-line.
If you happen to be close to Lackland AFB, give us a call - we have an oversized scanner that can easily accommodate the older, larger folders.
All photos should be submitted in '.jpg' format preferably less than 2000KB (2MB).
View the memories of those service members who have been a part of the heritage of the United States Air Force. *IF YOU WANT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AVAILABLE FOR OTHERS TO EMAIL YOU, PLEASE INCLUDE IT IN THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL*
Share with us Your BMT Memories.
Looking for an Airman?
If you are looking for a Wingman of the past, military records or any other valuable information for Retirees, please click on the following link to the Air Force Personnel Center: http://www.retirees.af.mil/resources/
On the WWW!
Check out the BMT Flight Photo sites:
U.S. Air Force BMT Flight Photo Project