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Altus AFB, OK

Altus AFB, OK 73523  |  Base Operator: (580) 482-8100

Altus AFB: Overview

The original mission of Altus AFB was to train pilots to fly twin-engine aircraft during WWII. At that time, which was in 1943, the installation was known as Altus Army Air Field. The Army discontinued the use of the base in 1945, but it was reactivated in 1953 by the Air Force, which was now a separate branch of the Armed Forces. Altus Air Force Base was home to a number of different units and conducted many different missions over the years. In fact, the Tactical Air Command, Strategic Air Command, Military Airlift Command, Air Mobility Wing, and Air Education and Training Command were all part of the base at some point during its existence. Currently, the 97th Air Mobility Wing is assigned to Altus Air Force Base.

Altus AFB: Education

Even with access to campus schools from Altus AFB, you may want to consider attending an online school. That way, you can continue taking classes whether you go on TDY or are permanently transferred to another location, even an overseas duty station. You may want to request information from a number of these schools. Start by clicking the "Find A School" button below:

Altus AFB: Location

Altus AFB is located about 4 miles north east of Altus, Oklahoma, which is in Jackson County. The main channel and the north fork of the Red River are not far from either the town or Altus AFB. From the base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is approximately 136 miles to the northeast, Dallas, Texas is about 227 miles to the southeast, and Amarillo, Texas, is 162 miles to the west. There are two bodies of water that are located in the area. Lake Altus, which is bordered by the Quartz Mountain State Resort Park, and the Tom Steed Reservoir, which has the Great Plains State Park along its shoreline are about 20-30 miles or less from Altus AFB. Another military installation, Fort Sill, OK, is approximately 55 miles to the east.

Altus AFB: Interesting Facts

  • There are about 550 mobility positions maintained and available for immediate worldwide deployment.
  • The base served as a scrap yard for WWII military aircraft during its inactive years, which were between 1945 and 1953.
  • The famous B-17 the “Memphis Belle” narrowly avoided a terrible fate. It was found in the scrap yard and was transferred to the city of Memphis, TN.
  • Altus AFB added the C-17 Globemaster III to its inventory in 1996.

For more information about Altus AFB, please visit www.altus.af.mil.

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