Air Base
An airlift and refueling Air Force Base, with a training program for the same. Flies big transport aircraft, such as the C-5 and C-141, and the KC-135 tanker. Located on 4,113 acres at the southwest corner of Oklahoma, the base has around 4,000 employees.
Andrews serves primarily as a VIP airport, flying heads of state into and out of the Washington DC area, using helicopters, large jetliners, and everything in between. It is home of Air Force One, the president's personal air shuttle. Related to this function is a medical evacuation unit, a small...
Beale AFB is a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft base. Located in the Sacramento Valley, it is home to the only stateside reconnaissance wing, which recently flew the SR-71 Blackbird and still flies the nation's fleet of U2 spy planes. Beale is also one of four U.S. locations for the Phased...
A Marine Corps fighter jet base, called "Fightertown," flying F-18 attack aircraft on 6,900 acres. The Air Station also operates at the 5,200-acre Townsend Bombing Range, in Georgia, and in military airspace over the ocean. The Marine Corps' Parris Island Base is located eight miles south.
Cannon Air Force Base, located in Clovis, in eastern New Mexico, is a 4,000 acre base with the usual housing, hangars, and runways. It has a work force around 3,000, and is home to a major Special Operations Unit of the Air Force, involved in unmanned aerial vehicle use and training. The Melrose...
This Air Force Base covers 3,772 acres, and is one of three major airlift installations on the East Coast, flying military personnel and equipment to destinations all over the world using C-17s and other large cargo aircraft. It has an auxiliary airfield, the 1,400-acre North Auxiliary Air Field...
Cherry Point is the largest Marine Corps Air Station in the nation, and is located on 11,700 acres on the coast of North Carolina, surrounded by the Crotan National Forest. In addition to being a major flight training facility, the base is home to a naval aviation logistics and supply depot. Around...
Training base for Air Force pilots, on 4,000 acres near Columbus. Basic jet flight training, using primarily Cessna T-37s, and Northrop T-38s. Employs around 3,000 military and civilians.
The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center at Davis-Monthan operates the largest aircraft "junkyard" in the world, a 2,600-acre site with over 4,500 military aircraft. Some are stored as part of a mothball fleet, while some perfectly good aircraft are destroyed to comply with arms reduction...
Adjacent to Lockheed Martin's largest aircraft plant in Marietta, Dobbins is now an Air Reserve base, flying (and training for) the C-130 aircraft that are manufactured next door at Lockheed. Also on site is the Atlanta Naval Air Station, with F-18 fighter jets and Cobra attack helicopters.
B-1B bomber base on 6,117 acres, located in west-central Texas, and employing more than 6,000 personnel. Also a major airlift base, flying C-130 transport aircraft.
Eglin is one of the Air Force's largest bases, and is a major test center for non-nuclear munitions. Located on the coast of the panhandle of Florida, the base covers 724 square miles of land, and has 97,963 miles of water ranges in the Gulf. Facilities include: a climatic laboratory, capable of...
Air Force Base with 22,035 acres, and an additional 40,052 acres of "operating areas." Air-to-ground training on its vast ranges (which are used in the Red Flag exercises). Supply base for Distant Early Warning radar sites, and experimental ice stations on the Arctic Ocean.
Ellsworth, located in western South Dakota, is one of only two B-1B bomber bases (the other is at Dyess AFB, TX). It was once a major intercontinental ballistic missile base, tending to the 150 silos in the area that contained Minuteman II missiles. As part of nuclear force reduction agreements,...
A refueling aircraft base on over 6,000 acres in eastern Washington State. Fairchild was a Strategic Air Command bomber base until 1994. Now only KC-135 tanker aircraft are kept here. But with around 70 of the planes, this is said to be the largest refueling base in the world. During WWII it was a...
Fallon Naval Air Station (NAS), located near Fallon, Nevada, is a growing military facility that trains navy pilots both on the ground and in the air. The NAS consists of six separate secured areas located within 60 miles of each other. The principal facility is the Main Base, where most of the 2,...
Intelligence training is the primary mission of Goodfellow, located on the edge of the West Texas town of San Angelo. Over 6,000 students are trained in cryptology, linguistics, and intelligence imagery. Goodfellow is the home of the Air Force's firefighters school, and also operates the Eldorado...
A bomber and refueling base, and former Minuteman missile support base with over 5,000 acres, and around 5,500 employees. The missile functions were transferred to Malmstom AFB, Montana, in the late 1990's. As of May 2011, RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle surveillance aircraft have been...
The Air Reserve Base is home to an Air Force refueling wing, located on the former grounds of Grissom Air Force Base, a former bomber base which closed October 1994. Sharing the former Air Force Base facilities is the civilian Grissom Aeroplex airport.
Located on the high-technology region of the Route 128 beltway, northwest of Boston, Hanscom is said to be the fourth largest corporate entity in Massachusetts, and is one of the Air Force's primary research and development centers for surveillance and intelligence electronics. Established on a...
The only full Air Force Base in the Hawaiian Islands, the 2,700-acre Hickam Field (formerly Hickam Air Force Base) houses fighter and refueling aircraft. Located on the edge of Honolulu International Airport, and adjacent to the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Hickam is engaged in supporting the...
The nation's primary maintenance and logistics center for ICBMs such as the Minuteman and Peacekeeper missiles, as well as other aircraft and munitions. The facility also specializes in landing gear repairs, and photographic and reconnaissance equipment maintenance and installation. Has one of the...
Holloman Air Force Base sits on the edge of the White Sands Missile Range, near Alamogordo, and uses some of the Range for practice bombing, and many other things. Holloman is an unusual Air Force Base, with a history of space program research and stealth projects. Holloman is home to a stealth...
Homestead Air Force Base was recently realigned to an Air Force Reserve Base, and is being reduced in size from 3,000 acres to 1,000 acres. The base was severely damaged by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and much of its operations were relocated following the hurricane.
Located south of Jacksonville, NAS Jacksonville is one of the main hubs of Navy activity along the southern Atlantic Coast. North of Jacksonville are the two others: Mayport Naval Air Station, and the Kings Bay base in Georgia. Aviation and anti-submarine warfare training are some of the activities...
This Upper Peninsula Air Force Base closed in 1995. The 5,200 acre base housed B-52 bombers and refueling aircraft, and employed around 5,000 people. Former SAC base and part of the SAGE system.
Major computer, medical, and electronics training center for the Air Force. 8,000 military and civilian employees, on over 1,500 coastal acres next to Biloxi.
One of four Air Force bases in the San Antonio area, Kelly is a major maintenance center for the Air Force. Much of the operations of the base are being privatized, after realignment by BRAC in 1993, and the Air Force Base title will be dissolved in favor of a civilian name. Kelly is home of the...
Kirtland Air Force Base is one of the most vital and active military facilities in the country, with over 20,000 people working within its secured perimeter, at the south end of Albuquerque. The heavily built up part of the base, generally north and east of the runways (that also serve as the main...
One of four Air Force Bases in the San Antonio area, Lackland is a Basic Training center for new Air Force recruits, which number around 35,000 every year. Lackland also trains Air Force personnel in a variety of technical fields, and has programs that train foreign nationals in English (associated...