Homestead Air Reserve Base

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Homestead Air Reserve Base
US Air Force Reserve Command Insignia.svg
Part of Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC)
Located near: Homestead, Florida, U.S.
F-16Cs of the 482d Fighter Wing at Homestead ARB, Florida
Homestead ARB is located in Florida
Homestead ARB
Homestead ARB
Location of Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida
Coordinates 25°29′18″N 080°23′01″W / 25.48833°N 80.38361°W / 25.48833; -80.38361 (Homestead ARB)Coordinates: 25°29′18″N 080°23′01″W / 25.48833°N 80.38361°W / 25.48833; -80.38361 (Homestead ARB)
Type Military base
Site information
Owner  United States
Controlled by  United States Air Force
Site history
Built 1942
In use 1942–present
Garrison information
Garrison 482d Fighter Wing.png 482d Fighter Wing
Airfield information
Elevation AMSL 7 ft / 2 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 11,201 3,414 Concrete
F-16 on landing approach at Homestead ARB, c. 1996
Aerial photo of Homestead Army Airfield – 1943.
Hurricane Damage to Homestead AAF, September 1945.

Homestead Air Reserve Base (IATA: HST, ICAO: KHST, FAA LID: HST) (Homestead ARB), previously known as Homestead Air Force Base (Homestead AFB) is located in Miami–Dade County, Florida to the northeast of the city of Homestead. It is home to the 482nd Fighter Wing (482 FW) of the Air Force Reserve Command's Tenth Air Force (10 AF), as well as the headquarters of Special Operations Command South.[1]

Homestead Air Force Base was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and subsequently rebuilt.


It was named Homestead Army Airfield on 16 September 1942 as a base for the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, and construction began the next day. Homestead opened as an Air Transport Command (ATC) ferry airfield in November; ATC pilots were trained at the base from February 1943. The base was heavily damaged by a hurricane in September 1945, resulting in its inactivation on 14 December.[2]




  1. ^ "Units". Homestead Air Reserve Base. Retrieved 26 June 2018. 
  2. ^ Mueller 1989, pp. 253–255.


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