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The MSgt William T. English BMT Flight Photograph Archives is a concentrated effort to collect the approximately 121,000 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 in Germany, the U.K., Panama and the Philippines.
See the Collection:
1940s 1950's 1960's 1970's 1980's 1990's 2000's 2010's
Technical Training Class Photos
Peeling onions during KP duty (Sampson AFB, 1956)
USAF BMT Flight Photo Project Information Line:
37th Training Wing Office of History & Research:
2320 Carswell Ave Ste 2 (Bldg 7065)
Lackland AFB, TX 78236
Email Your Questions:
Call us: 210-671-2232
The Lackland Gateway Archives Collection has a number of videos on the Youtube Channel: "The Lackland Historian"
Check them out!
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:
If you can not manage the size or type of file, just send the photo -- we will work it!
Check out the newest project now online (and still growing) - This project depicts military aircraft accidents (crashes, et al..) in and around the San Antonio area from 1921 through 1933. Once you click on a map marker, information about the incident appears, including, in many instances the actual report filed on the accident. Hundreds of files were obtained from the Air Force Historical Research Agency and the Lackland Gateway Archives in building this project.
Learn More: 37th Training Wing History Office web page
Our awesome Wing Archivist has started a new video series: "Archiving with Amanda" Great information on how to preserve and digitize your old 35mm slides.
Of course, you have some old 35mm slides from your parents/grandparents...or your own :)
Click here for the episode: https://youtu.be/X0isRC-M43A
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.
newly arrived photos. Please be patient and do not send duplicates. We will get your photo archived as soon as possible.
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 flight books to the collection. However, in the case of those books from Lackland, typically only one flight was featured in each book.
No. I wish I did....but no. Please bear in mind that the Gateway has had nearly seven million people pass through the gates. We are patiently waiting for the other 700K photos to arrive :)
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?
Where Were You? Lackland BMT Squadrons 1955-2010
We are working on the earlier years, just give us a little bit to finish them.
**If you see an error, do not panic -- just contact us and we will update:
210-671-2232 or firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!!