> The 95th Air Base Wing is the host wing for Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. -- the 2nd largest base in the Air Force.
Which U.S.A.F. base is "The Largest?" And are they saying "2nd larges base in the Air Force" because of square miles, number of personnel, length of runways and taxiways? If I had to take a guess, I would guess Ramstein.
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Curt22 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
I seem to recall Eglin AFB FL holds claim as the largest USAF base. Eglin "owns" much of NW Florida, most of which is forest land and they also have a bunch of high dollar beachfront property that is left in it's natural state much to the disappointment of the greedy land Barron's who want to cover every inch of sand with condos.
ZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3826 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Quoting Tiger119 (Thread starter): Which U.S.A.F. base is "The Largest?" And are they saying "2nd larges base in the Air Force" because of square miles, number of personnel, length of runways and taxiways? If I had to take a guess, I would guess Ramstein.
Depends on what criteria you are using... In terms of people Ramstein/Kaiserlautern Military Community had, at it's height in the early '90s, 80000 US personnel including US Govt civilians, contractors, and family members. In terms of people it was the largest installation not just in USAF but in DoD.... and that doesn't include the German employees...
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STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17449 posts, RR: 49
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day ago) and read 32767 times:
As ZanL188 mentioned it's the criteria:
footprint (sq mi.)
I'll give a shout out to the base closest to my Home, McGuire AFB NJ. As per the 2005 BRAC McGuire is growing in many ways:
1.) McGuire AFB is merging with adjacent Fort Dix (Army) and Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, all three facilities border each other and now McGuire will assume installation command of the three facilities providing security, snow plowing etc. It will be the only joint Army, Navy and Air Force installation in the Country.
2.) Some 38 aircraft are moving to McGuire AFB with the closing of Willow Grove Joint Reserve Base and Marines at Johnstown Cambria airport PA.
Once the BRAC moves are complete McGuire AFB will be home to the following aircraft:
32 KC-10s, 13 C-17s
Air National Guard:
Marine Corps Reserves:
11 AH-1 and UH-1s
8 C-12s and C-35s
Plus the NJ Army National Guard are moving their 20+ Helicopters and C-12s from West Trenton Airport to Lakehurst NAES.
The combined Fort Dix, McGuire AFB, Lakehurst NAES are forming into a mega base.
Makes sense as there are a few places where there are multiple service stations, I think BRAC ordered the following installations to merge.
McGuire AFB, Fort Dix, Lakehurst NAES
McChord, Fort Lewis
Charleston AFB, Charleston Naval Weapons station
Pope AFB, Fort Bragg
Pearl Harbor NS, Hickam AFB
Fort Sam Houston and Air Force hospital who's name escapes me?..
Ttailfe From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
The largest AFB is Eglin. The ground area is over 732sq miles, and they control over 100,000sq miles of range airspace in the Gulf. This hands down is bigger than any other western military base in the world.
As for McGuire, may it rot in NJ (I spent 11 years there flying C-141's and KC-10's, but I would go back to the 10's in a heart beat).
Odd that you say that, going by the size reported in the US Census Eglin is quite small, only a couple of square miles. If you include bombing ranges then Nellis joins in the running (the ground area for the Nellis range is more then 732 sq miles, it's 4687 sq miles) and if you include control of airspace then both Hickam and Elmendorf are contenders with over 100,000sq miles, Thule and Vandenberg might even be in the running on that characteristic as well, as they control quite a lot of air space over oceans.
As for the air force base with the most ground in the "western world" I'll nominate the WPA in Australia:
Quote: The Woomera Prohibited Area has an area of 127,000 square kilometres (49,000 sq mi) and is the largest land-based defence and aerospace range in the world. It is roughly the size of England.
Fair enough, I don't know if that is the case but sounds reasonable to only count the housing areas. Point regarding Nellis still stands though, the ground area area listed by Ttailfe (732 sq miles for Eglin) is quite a bit less then the 4687 sq miles of the Nellis range, but maybe the Nellis bombing range should be counted separately from the main AFB. An as for the off-shore air space, the 4 bases I mentioned are also in contention.
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2165 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
I have heard many times since I was a kid that Eglin AFB was the USAF's largest base. I do believe that to be true, and I always assumed it was based on the land area of the actual AF base itself, unlike the Nellis 'ranges'.
F4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
There is a lot of the Nellis ranges that are Department of Energy controlled. Other special use airspace does not go all the way down to the surface. The land is privately owned. The Nellis controlled land is in the upper left corner where all the air to ground targets are located. I was just consulting my range chart that used in a 1992 GREEN FLAG.
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BubbaJin From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Joint Base Balad has to be up there in total population as well. Especially when you consider the total amount of personnel stationed at the site. I believe it is the "busiest" air base in terms of air traffic.
Kiqaboy From Sweden, joined Feb 2006, 172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
In Balkan Camp Bondsteel is the biggest one i think there are 2200 troops stationed there and a load of heavy armor, tanks,Black Hawk and Apache Helicopters,
Camp Bondsteel is stationed on south west part of Rep.of Kosova and is part of the NATO peacekeeping force in Kosova (K-FOR).
there are no runway for aircraft there but by looking on the map of Camp Bondsteel in Google earth there is a 3 km space perfect for a runway and it might be the next USAF base
maybe not but I m just predicting on this.
on the link below i have take Camp Bondsteel from Google earth and measured the place were the potential runway could be.