Tulsa International Airport (ANG)
The 138th Fighter Wing (FW) of the Oklahoma Air National Guard (OANG) occupies 81 acres on the Tulsa International Airport, located approximately 7 miles northeast of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. The unit currently flies the F-16 Falcon. The 138th FW occupies 15 administrative, 24 industrial, and 5 services buildings totaling approximately 327,000 square feet. There are two construction projects in progress that when complete (both estimated to be complete by Jan 2002) will increase the base's building square footage by 32,500 square feet. There are currently 328 full-time personnel and unit-training drills conducted once each month result in a surge of up to a total of 1150 personnel.
An Army Aviation Support facility supplies and services a fleet of more than 20 helicopters.
Established in 1928 on a 390 acre tract, Tulsa International today encompasses more than 4,000 acres. Tulsa International Airport (TUL) continues to be one of the busiest and most accessible airports in the Heartland. Its site is conveniently located in northeast Tulsa. The airport serves more than five million passengers and visitors annually, originating from an air service area composed of approximately 64 counties in a four-state region. TUL is located just 10 minutes from downtown Tulsa via major interstates and state highways. It is served by 12 scheduled passenger carriers, several charter carriers, and five freights carriers, processing over 60,000 tons of cargo annually. Together, these carriers offer regional, national and international service via 180 scheduled departures and arrivals daily, including 90 nonstop flights to 18 major airports from a modern 22-gate facility. Tulsa International is the home of American Airlines Maintenance and Engineering Center, Oklahoma's largest private employer, where more than 10,000 employees maintain and modify American's entire fleet of aircraft. Boeing North American operates a major facility at Tulsa International which employs more than 1,500. Tulsa International has three runways - 10,000 feet, 7,700 feet and 6,100 feet in length, two of which have Instrument Landing Systems. The fuel storage capacity at Tulsa International is nearly one million gallons. There are currently 21 air carrier boarding gates, two U. S. Customs offices, public parking for 2,400 automobiles and a newly renovated hotel with 175 guest rooms.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to realign Nellis Air Force Base. The 57th Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, NV, would distribute F-16 Block 42 aircraft to the 138th Fighter Wing Tulsa International Airport AGS, OK (three aircraft), and retire the remaining F-16 Block 42 aircraft (15 aircraft).
DoD also recommended to realign Des Moines IAP AGS, IA. The F-16 aircraft currently assigned to the 132d Fighter Wing at Des Moines would be redistributed to the 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa IAP AGS (six aircraft) and another installation. Des Moines' F-16s would be distributed to Tulsa (114) to support the Homeland Defense Air Sovereignty Alert mission and to consolidate the precision-guided weapon employment capability that exists in the Air National Guard.
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