Tucson Air National Guard Base

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Tucson Air National Guard Base
Air National Guard.png
Part of Arizona Air National Guard (ANG)
Tucson International Airport, Arizona
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Main gate of Tucson Air National Guard Base
Tucson ANGB is located in Arizona
Tucson ANGB
Tucson ANGB
Coordinates 32°06′55″N 110°55′50″W / 32.11528°N 110.93056°W / 32.11528; -110.93056 (Tucson Air National Guard Base)Coordinates: 32°06′55″N 110°55′50″W / 32.11528°N 110.93056°W / 32.11528; -110.93056 (Tucson Air National Guard Base)
Type Air National Guard Base
Site information
Controlled by  United States Air Force
Site history
In use 1956–present
Garrison information
Garrison 162d Fighter Wing.png 162d Fighter Wing
The 162nd Fighter Wing flight line buzzes with activity during a “night week” when pilots practice flying with night vision goggles.

Tucson Air National Guard Base is a United States Air Force base, located at Tucson International Airport, Arizona. It is located 7.4 miles (11.9 km) south of Tucson, Arizona.


World War II[edit]

Cold War[edit]

Military use of the Tucson Airport began in 1956 when the Arizona Air National Guard activated the 152d Fighter Interceptor Squadron, an Air Defense Command (ADC)-gained unit, which operated Korean War vintage F-86A Sabres. At that time the "base" consisted of an old adobe farmhouse and a dirt-floor hangar with enough space for three aircraft.


Tucson ANGB is the home of the 162d Fighter Wing, Arizona Air National Guard. The wing manages a fleet of more than 70 F-16 C/D and Mid-Life Update Fighting Falcons. Units stationed at the base are:

  • 162d Operations Group
Operations Support Flight
148th Fighter Squadron
152d Fighter Squadron
195th Fighter Squadron
International Military Student Office (IMSO)
  • 162d Maintenance Group
  • 162d Medical Group
  • 162d Mission Support Group
  • Geographically Separated Units (at Davis-Monthan AFB)
162d Fighter Wing Alert Detachment
Operation Snowbird
214th Reconnaissance Group


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.