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Langley Air Force Base is United States Air Force installation located in Hampton, Virginia. As a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, the base was selected to merge with nearby complimenting facilities. In October of 2010 Langley Air Force Base merged with Fort Eustis, creating Joint Base Eustis-Langley, one of 12 joint force bases in the United States military. This allows for a combination of assets and reduction of costs, despite the fact the sister bases are nearly 17 miles from one another.


Langley Air Force Base is currently under the command of Air Force Air Combat Command (ACC) and is one of the more popular Air Force Bases in the United States. The base puts on an air show every spring, giving civilians an opportunity to see some of the most advanced aircraft in the Air Force in flight. One of the most popular attractions is the world renowned F22 Raptors, the US Air Force’s newest and most advance plane.


The primary mission of Langley Air Force Base is support the rapid deployment of United States air assets and maintain air superiority in all conflicts for the United States and its allies. The base is also tasked with providing air defense capabilities for the east coast of the country. This portion of the base’s mission has remained relatively unchanged for close to a century. The base was originally constructed prior to US Involvement in World War I and was used a balloon common station and an airfield. It has also been tasked with a number of schools and ariel training programs throughout its history.


The area of Langley Air Force Base was selected in the years prior to World War I. The site was selected for its coastal proximity, level ground and the potential for expansion if need be. Construction of the base was finished in 1917, just as the United States was entering World War I. Smaller construction projects continued into 1918, but the base was a fully operational Army Air Corps airfield in throughout the First World War.


In the time between World War I and II, Langley Air Force Base was used as a testing, training and proving ground for pilots and aircraft. New upgrades to aircraft and new versions of planes were frequently tested at the base. At the start of World War II the base was given the new task of developing and perfecting submarine detection equipment and techniques. Researchers at Langley excelled with this new mission and were able to create systems and equipment that resulted in the sinking of several German and Japanese submarines. As a result of its success, Langley became the home of the United States Tactical Air Command. This command was replaced in 1992 by the new Air Combat Command, which still resides on the base.



Langley Air Force Base offers several options for both on and off base housing. Several real estate companies in the area deal exclusively with housing needs for military personnel and their families. Long term housing options can usually be quickly found through these civilian agents. On post housing must be applied for in advance and requires contacting the base housing office.

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Langley AFB


Langley Air Force Base is one of the oldest continuously active air bases in the World. In 1916, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, predecessor to NASA, established the need for a joint airfield and proving ground for Army, Navy and NACA aircraft. In 2005 the Base Realignment and Closure Commission report, Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis combined their administrative functions and became Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE). Both bases rich in history read more about Langley Air Force Base below.



Langley is located in Hampton, Virginia, part of the Hampton Roads historic region. Hampton is located 62 miles south of Richmond, our state capital and 40 miles north of Virginia Beach, our largest city.  It is separated from Norfolk by the body of water known as Hampton Roads. Historic sites, extraordinary museums, and countless miles of scenic waterways and hiking trails are here for your exploration, with the mountains only a few hours’ drive to the west. Although they are a joint base, they are not contiguous. Being on a peninsula with 17 miles of interstate highway between us, one’s drive can be 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on weather and traffic.



Virginia’s Back River became the forefront of airpower on an early August day in 1917 when it became known as Langley Field. Langley, named in honor of American aviation pioneer Samuel Pierpont Langley, has been a staple in the Hampton Roads lifestyle for more than 75 years. Since August 7, 1917, Langley Field has been a pioneer in aviation just like its namesake. For more information, please visit Langley’s



Langley personnel have often led the way in global action and have flown lighter-than-air aircraft, Spads, Jennys, F-86 Sabre Jets, F-4 Phantom IIs, F-15 Eagle, and our newest arrival – the F-22A Raptor. We are also home to the Air Combat Command, the largest major command in the USAF.



The 633rd Air Base Wing History

Originally designated the 633rd Combat Support Group, it was established and activated March 14, 1966, and organized April 8, 1966.


It was originally assigned to the 13th Air Force as part of the Pacific Air Forces at Pleiku Air Base, South Vietnam, and later at Andersen AFB, Guam.


During the Vietnam War, Airmen of the 633 ABW participated in numerous campaigns, air offensives and Operations Arc Light, Bullet Shot and Linebacker.


On Oct. 1, 1989, the Wing aligned under the 13th Air Force, activated on Andersen AFB, Guam, and became the host unit, providing services for various tenant units. This marked the transfer of Andersen AFB control from Strategic Air Command to PACAF.


In August 1990, 633 ABW personnel began shipping more than 37,000 tons of munitions to forces in the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm – more than 30,000 tons went by sealift, and more than 2,200 troops and 2,200 tons of cargo processed aboard 200 aircraft.


Operation Fiery Vigil spun into action June 1991, when 633 ABW personnel cared for more than 20,000 American evacuees and 1,100 pets following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines.


On Oct. 1, 1994, the 633 ABW was inactivated and the 36th ABW was activated in keeping with the policy of the Air Force Chief of Staff to maintain the most highly decorated and longest-serving Air Force units on active-duty. The 36th ABW was inactivated at Bitburg AB, Germany, that same day.


On Jan. 7, 2010, the 9th AF reactivated the 633 ABW and declared it to be the host unit for Langley AFB, Va.


On Jan. 29, 2010, the 633 ABW became the link in the joint basing initiative between Langley AFB and U.S. Army Fort Eustis, which we call today Joint Base Langley-Eustis.


633rd Air Base Wing Mission

The 633rd Air Base Wing is comprised of three groups that provide installation support to more than 9,000 military and civilian personnel including Headquarters Air Combat Command and three operational wings. The Wing provides mission-ready expeditionary Airmen to combatant commanders in support of joint and combined operations worldwide. The activation of the 633 ABW as the new host unit for Langley Air Force Base, Va., Jan. 7, 2010, was the first step toward Joint Base Langley-Eustis.


1st Fighter Wing

The 1st Fighter Wing is composed of the 1st Operations Group and the 1st Maintenance Group, which work together to maintain Joint Base Langley-Eustis’ F-22 Raptors.


192D Fighter Wing

The 192D Fighter Wing mission is to fly and maintain the F-22 Raptor at Joint Base Langley-Eustis through the 149th Fighter Squadron, and support the ongoing intelligence mission through the 192D Intelligence Squadron.


480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing

The 480 ISR Wing operates and maintains the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System, or DCGS, also known as the “Sentinel” weapon system, conducting imagery, cryptologic, and measurement and signatures intelligence activities.



The 1 AMXS is the focal point for the 1st Fighter Wing’s combat sortie generation operations. The 1 AMXS directs the efforts of 814 aircraft maintenance and support personnel; manages a $23-million equipment inventory to sustain more than 25 F-22Aaircraft valued at $2.3 billion; and ensures mission-capable aircraft are available to support the wing’s yearly flying-hour program, deploy for combat training exercises and meet contingency operations