Flashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2863 posts, RR: 7 Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 987 times:
What you saw is, in fact, McGuire AFB. McGuire and Lakehurst (and Ft. Dix for that matter) all adjoin. I live about 5 miles from base and know many people who work the flight line there.
You probably saw a C-17, but you also should have been able to see a fleet of KC-10 tankers and a few KC-135 tankers that call McGuire home.
If you are in the right place at the right time, you can see all sorts of stuff go in and out of there - private cargo ops 747s, MD-11s, DC-8s... I saw a Tower Air 747 there once transporting the Kosovo refugees.
Rumor has it that UPS is going to open a mini-depot there in a government-private partnership, but I haven't heard anything more...
You can get TerraServer pictures of McGuire AFB. I'll find the link and post it here.
Flashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2863 posts, RR: 7 Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 924 times:
McGuire is a base for the Air Mobility Command. It's the home of:
- 305th Air Mobility Wing (mostly aerial port, air refuling, and airlift ops, and an aerial medicine squadron)
- 621st Air Mobility Ops Group (rapid remote airfield setup and operation - the first to go in many cases for things like desert airfield setups and relief operations)
- 108th Air Refueling Wing (Guard Wing)
- Air Mobility Warfare Center
It also serves as the HQ for the 21st Air Force.
Since it was on the brink of closure 5 years ago, it's actually developed into a very important base - it's one of the main ports to send supplies across the Atlantic and home of a third of the rapid response AMOG force of the Air Force.