Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field


Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field

is a United States Air Force auxiliary airfield used as an emergency landing facility by Luke Air Force Base aircraft and units from other nearby bases using the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range complex.

The airfield is located three miles (5 km) south of the central business district of Gila Bend, a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It has one runway designated 17/35 with a 8,500 x 150 ft (2,591 x 46 m) asphalt surface.

History

The facility was opened in July 1942 when it was part of the Gila Bend Gunnery Range. During World War II it was under the command of the 492d (Reduced) Army Air Force Base Unit, AAF West Coast Training Center. It served as the range headquarters for a massive bombing and gunnery range, now known as the Barry M. Goldwater Range, and for maintenance of the range and range targets. It remained an active Air Force facility until approximately 1995. It was also used as an auxuillary landing field. This activity is now supported by private contractors utilizing portions of the former facility. [Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Publisher: Pictorial Histories Pub, ISBN 1575100517]

See also

* Arizona World War II Army Airfields

References

* [http://www.luke.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=6391 Fact Sheet: Gila Bend Auxiliary field] at Luke Air Force Base website
* [http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/gila-bend.htm Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field ] at GlobalSecurity.org website
* [http://www.gilabendaz.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B21E43583-5234-41C5-A75E-79C515CB931A%7D Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field] at Town of Gila Bend website

External links

*US-airport-mil|GBN|-


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