Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field


Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field
Part of Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range
Gila Bend, Arizona in the United States of America
A US Geological Survey aerial image from 2006
A US Geological Survey aerial image from 2006
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Gila Bend AFAF is located in the United States
Gila Bend AFAF
Gila Bend AFAF
Location in the United States
Coordinates32°53′15″N 112°43′12″W / 32.88750°N 112.72000°W / 32.88750; -112.72000Coordinates: 32°53′15″N 112°43′12″W / 32.88750°N 112.72000°W / 32.88750; -112.72000
TypeUS Air Force auxiliary airfield
Site information
OwnerDepartment of Defense
OperatorUS Air Force
Controlled byAir Education and Training Command (AETC)
Site history
Built1942 (1942)
In use1942 – present
Garrison information
Garrison56th Range Management Office
Airfield information
IdentifiersICAO: KGXF, FAA LID: GXF, WMO: 747240
Elevation269.1 metres (883 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
17/35 2,591.4 metres (8,502 ft) asphalt

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 3.5 miles (3.0 nmi; 5.6 km) south of Interstate 8 and the central business district of Gila Bend, in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States.[2]

Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this facility is assigned GXF by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA.[3]


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.[4]

Auxiliary fields to Gila Bend AFAF:


Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field has one runway designated Rwy 17/35 with an asphalt surface measuring 8,500 ft × 150 ft (2,591 m × 46 m).[2]

See also


  1. ^ "AirNav: KGXF - Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Airport". Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b FAA Airport Form 5010 for GXF PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 3 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Gila Bend, Arizona (ICAO: KGXF, FAA: GXF)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  4. ^ 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
  • Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website
  • 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

External links

  • 56th Range Management Office – operates Gila Bend AFAF
  • Resources for this U.S. military airport:
    • FAA airport information for GBN
    • AirNav airport information for KGBN
    • NOAA/NWS latest weather observations
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for KGBN