Atlantic City Air National Guard Base
|Atlantic City Air National Guard Base|
|Part of New Jersey Air National Guard (NJ ANG)|
|Located near: Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|A formation of Four U.S. Air Force F-16 Flying Falcons from the 177th Fighter Wing, NJ Air National Guard|
|Controlled by||United States Air Force|
177th Fighter Wing
|IATA: ACY – ICAO: KACY – FAA LID: ACY|
|Elevation AMSL||75 ft / 23 m|
- See: Atlantic City International Airport for civil airport information
The 177th Fighter Wing is located at the Atlantic City International Airport, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. The wing has been at this location since 1958.
The 119th Fighter Squadron flies the F-16C Fighting Falcon, a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations.
In 1942, Naval Air Station Atlantic City was constructed on 2,444 acres (9.89 km2) of leased private land in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. The mission of NAS Atlantic City was to train various U.S. Navy carrier air groups consisting of fighter, bomber and torpedo squadrons and their crews for combat. In August 1943, NAS Atlantic City changed its mission to strictly fighter training, consisting of low and high altitude gunnery tactics, field carrier landing practice (FCLP), carrier qualifications (CQ), bombing, formation tactics, fighter direction, night operations and an associated ground school curriculum.
NAS Atlantic City was decommissioned as an active naval installation in June 1958 and transferred to the Airways Modernization Board (AMB). In November 1958, the then-Federal Aviation Agency, now known as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), took over operations of the AMB. The lease was transferred to the FAA and was sold for $55,000, while the local government of Atlantic City decided to retain 84 of the 4,312 acres. The FAA expanded the former U.S. Navy land parcel to about 5,000 acres (20 km2) and established the National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center research facility that eventually became the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center.
Concurrent with the Navy's departure, the then-177th Fighter Squadron of the New Jersey Air National Guard relocated to Atlantic City from their former base at Newark International Airport with their F-84F Thunderstreak aircraft. Establishing an air national guard base on the site of the former naval air station, the current 177th Fighter Wing has been at this location ever since.
During the 1960s and early 1970s, when the 177th operated the F-86 Sabre and later the F-100 Super Sabre, the active duty U.S. Air Force's 95th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, stationed at Dover AFB, Delaware, maintained an Operating Location and Alert Detachment of F-106 Delta Darts at Atlantic City ANGB on 24 Hour Alert. When the 177th transitioned to the F-106 in 1973, this air defense mission was assumed by the New Jersey Air National Guard and the 177th.
The wing's 119th Fighter Squadron currently flies the F-16C Fighting Falcon, a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations.
Since October 1998, the wing has had an active involvement in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Northern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. As an Air National Guard unit, the 177 FW has dual Federal and State missions. Its Federal mission is "To Provide Combat Ready Citizen-Airmen, Aircraft and Equipment for Worldwide Deployment in Support of USAF Objectives." Its State of New Jersey mission is to "Support the citizens of New Jersey by protecting life and property, preserving the peace, order, and public safety when called upon by the Governor." 
- "Atlantic City Naval Air Station, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey fact sheet". US Army Corps of Engineers. December 2007. Retrieved June 2, 2010.