The United States Air Force is one of the youngest branches of the uniformed armed services. While originally formed as the Aeronautical Division of the U.S. Signal Corps in 1907, the actual Air Force was officially formed in 1947, as the Cold War was gaining steam after World War II. It’s also the United States’ second-largest military branch, with nearly 330,000 active duty personnel, around 172,000 civilian personnel, around 70,000 reserve personnel, and over 100,000 Air National Guard personnel. With such a large amount of people, you need large bases, and the Air Force has several.
- Nellis Air Force Base Complex – Home to nearly 22,000 personnel, this massive base takes up a large chunk of Nevada and actually is made up of several separate complexes. This includes Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases, Las Vegas Air Force Station, and the Nevada Test and Training Range. Taking up over 3,000,000 acres, it’s the largest Air Force Base in the world. The base is also home to several wildlife areas such as the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
- Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range – Taking up over 1,100,000 acres of Arizona real estate, the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range is a massive area used for day and night flight training. The range is primarily used for air-to-ground bombing practice by A-10s, F-16s, and F-35s. The base is so large it actually is larger than the state of Connecticut.
- Eglin Air Force Base – Established in 1935, Eglin Air Force Base is home to the 96th Test Wing, and is the largest base currently run by the Air Force, taking up nearly 450,000 acres of Florida real estate. The 96th Test Wing uses the massive Florida base primarily for aircraft, weapons, navigation, and guidance system testing. The base is also home to the Air Force Research Laboratory and is host to several auxiliary airfields used by several other branches of the military.
- Edwards Air Force Base – Taking up around 300,000 acres of California desert, Edwards Air Force Base is one of the Air Force’s most famous bases. This is due to the famous flight of the Bell X-1, in which Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier, test flights of the X-15, and the first landings of the Space Shuttle. The base is also home to the Air Force Test Center, Air Force Test Pilot School as well as NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center.
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