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Langley AFB, VA

Langley AFB, VA 23665  |  Base Operator: DSN: 574-9990, (757) 764-9990

Langley AFB: Overview

The host unit of Langley Air Force Base (AFB) is the 633rd Air Base Wing. The mission of this unit is to ensure that it places the operational units stationed on the base in a position to successfully complete mission objectives. These operational units include the 1st Fighter Wing, the 480th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, the Global Cyberspace Integration Center field operating agency, the 192nd Fighter Wing of the Virginia Air National Guard, and the Headquarters of the Air Combat Command (ACC).

Langley Air Force Base was established in December of 1916 to serve primarily as a flying field for all branches of the military, but was under the control of the Army Air Service. The other uses at that time included serving as a balloon station, observers’ school, photography school, and engineering department. Considering its location, it was perfect for providing aerial coast defense as well. The roles of the base greatly expanded during and following WWII. For example, the testing and development of equipment utilized for antisubmarine warfare took place here.

Langley AFB: Education

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Langley AFB: Location

Langley AFB is located about three miles north of Hampton, Virginia’s business district. This is in the Tidewater region of Virginia, which is the eastern portion of the Commonwealth that consists of the Hampton Roads, parts of the Virginia Peninsula, the Middle Peninsula, the Northern Neck, and the Eastern Shore. The communities that lie near Langley AFB include Poquoson, VA, Newport News, VA, Norfolk, VA, Portsmouth, VA, Chesapeake, VA, Williamsburg, VA, Virginia Beach, VA, Suffolk, VA, Hopewell, VA, Elizabeth City, NC, Petersburg, VA, Colonial Heights, VA, Highland Springs, VA, and Chester, VA.

Langley AFB: Interesting Facts

  • The namesake of the base is Samuel Pierpont Langley, who was a pioneer of aviation. He was also an astronomer, physicist, the inventor of the bolometer, and the founder of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
  • Brigadier General Billy Mitchell flew bombing runs from this installation over captured German naval vessels. The success of these tests proved his point, which was that the airplane could be an extremely effective weapon to neutralize threats from the sea.
  • Langley is the home of the F-22 Raptor Demo Team.
  • Langley AFB and Fort Eustis were consolidated in January 2010 to form the Joint Base Langley-Eustis.
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