Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field

Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field (ICAO: KGXF, FAA LID: GXF) is a United States Air Force auxiliary airfield used as an emergency landing facility by Luke Air Force Base and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base aircraft and units from other nearby bases using the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range complex. The airfield is located 3.5 miles (3.0 nmi; 5.6 km) south of Interstate 8 and the central business district of Gila Bend, in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States.[1]

Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field
Gila Bend Gunnery Range
Part of Air Education and Training Command (AETC)
Located near: Maricopa County, near Gila Bend, Arizona
2006 USGS Airphoto
Coordinates32°53′15″N 112°43′12″W
TypeMilitary airfield
Site information
Controlled byUnited States Army Air Forces
Site history
Built1942
In use1942–Present
Airfield information
Summary
Elevation AMSL858 ft / 262 m
Coordinates32°53′15″N 112°43′12″W
Map
KGXF
Location of Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field
KGXF
KGXF (the United States)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 8,500 2,591 Asphalt

Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this facility is assigned GXF by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA.[2]

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 manned by USAF personnel until approximately 1995. It was also used as an auxiliary landing field. As of 2011, this role is handled by private contractors utilizing portions of the facility.[3]

Auxiliary Fields to Gila Bend AFAF

Facilities

Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field has one runway designated Rwy 17/35 with an asphalt surface measuring 8,500 ft × 150 ft (2,591 m × 46 m).[1]

See also

References

  1. FAA Airport Master Record for GXF (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 3 June 2010.
  2. "Gila Bend, Arizona (ICAO: KGXF, FAA: GXF)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  3. Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Publisher: Pictorial Histories Pub, ISBN 1-57510-051-7
Other sources


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