KensukeAida From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 217 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1832 times:
DHL has. Dunno about Airborne Express. UPS is presumably happy just down the road at ONT.
And it's March Air RESERVE Base (ARB)/RIV. They haven't had an active duty unit there for some time now.
The Air Force has entered into a joint agreement with a civilian contractor to open the "March Globalport" cargo facility operated in part by the March Inland Port Airport Authority (MIPAA). So, it'll be a joint AF Reserve/Civilian Air Cago airport.
The military will not be totally moving out of March ARB. The reason why this is happening is the because the DoD is eager to differ some of the costs of the facility. Especially because they have more space than they really need during peacetime. There is one wing of C-141s (soon to be C-17s), and one wing of KC-135s (California Air National Guard) based at March. Plus a detachment of two F-16s on alert.
During wartime, March ARB is *vital* to the airlifting of troops from the west coast. You'll sometimes see aircraft operating under the Civil Reserve Fleet parked there (ATA's L1011s, ect). I saw a number of civilian airliners (United, American) parked on the tarmac right before Iraqi Freedom went off.
Echster From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 398 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1790 times:
There are 7 scheduled ABX flight into and out of RIV 6 days a week. The inbounds land 2000-2230L and the departures leave 0130-0345L.
Flights are RIV-BFI (B762), RIV-SFO (B762), RIV-PDX (DC9), RIV-LAS (DC9), RIV-SLC (DC9), RIV-PHX (DC-9), RIV-MHR (DC9). A few of the flights have connecting legs, ie. RIV-PDX continues PDX-ANC. The flights return from the same airfields. Occassionally there is a C208 (Cessna Caravan) that flies back and forth MHR-RIV-MHR.
The DHL ramp is not part of the ARB. That portion of the airfield belongs to the JPA. The State of California has allocated funding to move the CDF tankers from HMT to RIV and they will move to that area of the field after it is built (and some politics plays out).
RIV won't be going anywhere as it performed well under the BRAC. There are actually 2 x KC-135R squadrons based there. One is the 163rd (ANG) and the other is the 452nd (AFR). Under BRAC, the 163rd loses their aircraft. The 452nd gets 4 of them (for a total of 12) and the other 5 are shipped to, IIRC, Knoxville and Pease. The first 4 x C-17s have been delivered with the next 4 to be delivered every 3 weeks. The full complement of 8 x C-17s will be at RIV by Christmas. There are actually more than 2 x F-16s there, but 2 are on alert. The units have changed from being based at FAT to now being based at GTF. There have been commercial airliners at RIV all week, mostly arriving in the morning (around 0700L). Just today, there was a WOA MD-11 on the ramp.
KensukeAida From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 217 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1577 times:
Quoting Echster (Thread starter):
RIV won't be going anywhere as it performed well under the BRAC. There are actually 2 x KC-135R squadrons based there. One is the 163rd (ANG) and the other is the 452nd (AFR).
Actually, as I stated earlier. They are *wings*, not squadrons. And the 452nd has been primarily a mixed C-141/KC-135 unit. They are slated to receive C-17s as well (probably to replace the C-141s if they're not gone already).
The 163nd will lose it's tanker aircraft, but it will remain as a unit with its logistics base at March.
Quoting Echster (Reply 3): There are actually more than 2 x F-16s there, but 2 are on alert. The units have changed from being based at FAT to now being based at GTF
Although whenever I drive by the base on the freeway I see only two ready to go and armed in the shelters. I may have seen a third or fourth parked somewhere.