Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field
|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
|Controlled by||United States Army Air Forces|
|Elevation AMSL||858 ft / 262 m|
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 three nautical miles (6 km) south of Interstate 8 and the central business district of Gila Bend, in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States.
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.
Auxiliary Fields to Gila Bend AFAF
- Gila Bend #6/Williams AAF #4:
- Gila Bend #6/Williams AAF #5:
- Gila Bend #6/Williams AAF #6:
- FAA Airport Master Record for GXF ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 3 June 2010.
- "Gila Bend, Arizona (ICAO: KGXF, FAA: GXF)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- 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
- This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
- Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
- Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
- Fact Sheet: Gila Bend Auxiliary field at Luke Air Force Base website
- Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field at GlobalSecurity.org website
- Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field at Town of Gila Bend website
- Resources for this U.S. military airport: