Natal Air Base Historical Sites
Looking out from the recently restored outdoor projection room at Natal Air Base, Brazil is the base’s outdoor theater. The theater was used to showcase USO tours and to show movies to troops stationed and transiting through Natal Air Base during World War II. The base was nicknamed "Trampoline to Victory" during World War II because it was used as a “jumping off” point for U.S. aircraft before entering African and European theaters. The base is located on the eastern most point of South America. American servicemembers are once again stationed on the base as they participate in CRUZEX V. CRUZEX V, or Cruzeiro Do Sul (Southern Cross), is a multi-national combined exercise involving the Air Forces of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France and Uruguay, and observers from numerous other countries with more than 82 aircraft and almost 3,000 Airmen involved. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Matkin)
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