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Offutt Air Force Base


Air Combat Command

Aerial image - 19 April 1999
IATA: OFF – ICAO: KOFF – FAA LID: OFF
Summary
Airport type Military: Air Force Base
Owner United States Air Force
Operator Air Combat Command
Location Sarpy County, near Omaha, Nebraska
Built 1918
In use 1948 - present
Occupants 55th Wing
Elevation AMSL 1,052 ft / 321 m
Coordinates 41°07′10″N 095°54′31″W / 41.11944°N 95.90861°W / 41.11944; -95.90861
Website www.offutt.af.mil
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 11,700 3,566 Concrete
Sources: official web site and FAA

Offutt Air Force Base (IATA: OFF, ICAO: KOFF, FAA LID: OFF) is a U.S. Air Force installation near Omaha, and lies adjacent to Bellevue in Sarpy County, Nebraska. It is the headquarters of the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), the Air Force Weather Agency, and the 55th Wing (55 WG) of the Air Combat Command (ACC), the latter serving as the host unit.

Aviation use at Offutt began in September 1918 during World War I as a Army Air Service balloon field. It was renamed in honor of World War I pilot and Omaha native 1st Lt. Jarvis Offutt in 1924.

Offutt AFB's legacy includes the construction of the first two bombers to drop atomic bombs and over 40 years as the headquarters for the former Strategic Air Command (SAC) and home for its associated ground and aerial command centers for the U.S. in case of nuclear war during the Cold War. The population was 8,901 at the 2000 census.

History

Fort Crook

Fort Crook was commissioned by the War Department in 1890. Fort Crook was a U.S. Army Depot immediately south of Bellevue, Nebraska, along the Missouri River. It was first used as a dispatch point for Indian conflicts on the Great Plains. The fort was named for Major General George Crook, a Civil War veteran and Indian fighter.

Troops from Fort Crook fought during the Spanish-American War when the 22nd Regiment under Charles A. Wikoff was dispatched to Cuba. The regiment suffered heavy casualties in the Battle of El Caney. Only 165 of the 513 regiment members survived with most succumbing to tropical diseases after the battle.

The oldest surviving portion of Fort Crook is the parade grounds and surrounding red brick buildings that were constructed between 1894-96. These structures are still in active use today as squadron headquarters, living quarters for high-ranking generals (Generals Row), and Nebraska’s oldest operational jail.

Offutt Field


Space Shuttle Atlantis being shuttled through Offutt following a mission on July 1, 2007.
Space Shuttle Atlantis being shuttled through Offutt following a mission on July 1, 2007.

In 1918, the 61st Balloon Company of the Army Air Corps was assigned to Fort Crook at the close of World War I. In 1921, an airfield was built at the fort as a refueling stop for mail and transcontinental flights and in 1924 the airfield was officially named "Offutt Field" in honor of 1st Lt. Jarvis Offutt. Offutt was an American pilot from nearby Omaha who was killed on 13 August 1918 while flying with the Royal Air Force in France during World War I.


FAA runway diagram for Offutt AFB
FAA runway diagram for Offutt AFB

Glenn L. Martin Bomber Plant

In 1940 the Army Air Corps chose Offutt Field as the site for a new bomber plant that was to be operated by the Glenn L. Martin Company. The plant's construction included a two mile (3 km)-long concrete runway, six large hangars, and a 1,700,000-square-foot (158,000 m) aircraft-assembly building.


3902nd Air Base Wing insignia
3902nd Air Base Wing insignia

531 B-29 Superfortresses and 1,585 B-26 Marauders were built at the Martin-Nebraska bomber plant before the end of World War II. Among these were the Enola Gay and Bockscar, the B-29's that dropped the first atomic weapons to be used in a military action (against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan). Both planes were built and modified at the base. Paul Tibbets personally selected the Enola Gay from the assembly line.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt toured the plant on April 26, 1943 with Nebraska Governor Dwight Griswold and plant owner Glenn L. Martin.

Offutt Air Force Base

Strategic Air Command

In 1948, Offutt Field transferred to the new Department of the Air Force and became Offutt Air Force Base. Later that same year, the 3902d Air Base Wing became the host unit at Offutt. During the same year, Offutt gained international prominence when it became the host base for the headquarters of the Strategic Air Command (SAC). Offutt was chosen for its strategic central position in the USA; allowing long-range, nuclear-armed bombers to (then) stay safely out of range of hostile missiles or bomber aircraft. Offutt's population and facilities grew dramatically to keep pace with the increased operational demands during the Cold War. Several new buildings were erected, including more than 2,000 family housing units.

During the Cold War, a general and various support personnel from the base were airborne 24-hours a day on an EC-135 from February 3, 1961 to July 24, 1990 in Operation Looking Glass, creating an airborne command post in case of war. Operation Looking Glass carried out its mission without any mishaps or incidents during its 29 years of existence.

During the late 1950s Offutt housed a Royal Air Force facility for servicing Avro Vulcans, which visited the air base frequently while on exercise with SAC.

The 3902d Air Base Wing was deactivated on 1 March 1986, and the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing assumed host-unit responsibilities for Offutt. Increased defense spending during the 1980s brought additional operational improvements to Offutt, including the Bennie Davis Aircraft Maintenance Hangar, and a new command center for Headquarters SAC.

Offutt was brought to popular attention during its SAC period when the command was depicted in the 1955 film Strategic Air Command starring Jimmy Stewart, the 1963 film A Gathering of Eagles starring Rock Hudson, and 1964's Fail-Safe starring Henry Fonda (which not only claimed to show portions of the base but also a nearby Omaha neighborhood) and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb starring Peter Sellers (which depicts a nuclear first strike from a mad general at the fictional Burpelson Air Force Base). Offutt also appeared in the Star Trek episode "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" (identified as 'the Omaha installation'), when a fighter pilot stationed there detects the approaching USS Enterprise and is transported aboard.

Strategic Command


Gen. Curtis E. LeMay Building,
U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters
Gen. Curtis E. LeMay Building,
U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters

In 1992, the Air Force reorganized its military unit structure; the Strategic Air Command (SAC) was deactivated on June 1, succeeded by the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), a Unified Combatant Command of the Department of Defense. The 55th Strategic Wing then became the 55th Wing, under the newly created Air Combat Command.

In 1998, the Strategic Air and Space Museum moved 30 miles (48 km) southwest to Ashland, just off Interstate 80, midway between Omaha and Lincoln.

In 2005, Offutt began several major renovations. The on-base Wherry housing area was demolished for replacement with new housing. A new fire house, AAFES mini-mall, and U.S. Post Office were completed in 2006. Additionally, the Air Force Weather Agency broke ground on a new facility which was completed in 2008.

Bush Offutt Conference on September 11


Pres. Bush at Offutt command bunker on September 11, 2001
Pres. Bush at Offutt command bunker on September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush conducted one of the first major strategy sessions for the response to the September 11 attacks from a bunker at the base.

Bush, who was in Florida at the Emma Booker Elementary School in Sarasota at the time of the attacks, first flew from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana and then to Offutt en route back to Washington, DC. Bush arrived at 2:50 PM (Eastern), conducted a video conference in an underground command bunker and left for Washington, DC at 4:30 PM.

Air Force One left Barksdale AFB for Offutt AFB around 1:30 p.m. The Air Force One entourage was pared down to a few essential staffers such as Ari Fleischer, Andrew Card, Karl Rove, Dan Bartlett, and Gordon Johndroe, plus about five reporters. During the flight, Bush remained in “continuous contact” with the White House Situation Room and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Air Force One landed at Offutt shortly before 3:00 p.m. At 3:06, Bush passed through security to the US Strategic Command Underground Command Center and was taken into an underground bunker designed to withstand a nuclear blast.

There, he held a teleconference call with Vice President Cheney, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, CIA Director Tenet, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, and others. The meeting lasted about an hour. Rice recalled that during the meeting, Tenet told Bush, "Sir, I believe it’s al-Qaeda. We’re doing the assessment but it looks like, it feels like, it smells like al-Qaeda." The White House staff was preparing for Bush to address the nation from the Offutt bunker, but Bush decided instead to return to Washington.

Air Force One left Offutt around 4:30 p.m.

Geography


Offutt Air Force Base from approx. 1000 ft
Offutt Air Force Base from approx. 1000 ft

Offutt Air Force Base is located at 41°06′49″N 95°55′42″W / 41.11361°N 95.92833°W / 41.11361; -95.92833 (Offutt Air Force Base)Coordinates: 41°06′49″N 95°55′42″W / 41.11361°N 95.92833°W / 41.11361; -95.92833 (Offutt Air Force Base).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the base has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11.3 km²), of which, 4.2 square miles (10.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (3.22%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,901 people, 2,304 households, and 2,255 families residing on the base. The population density was 2,113.1 people per square mile (816.3/km²). There were 2,429 housing units at an average density of 576.6/sq mi (222.8/km²). The racial makeup of the base was 77.97% White, 10.44% Black or African American, 0.69% Native American, 2.73% Asian, 0.31% Pacific Islander, 3.55% from other races, and 4.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.38% of the population.

There were 2,304 households out of which 79.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 90.5% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 2.1% were non-families. 1.9% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.61 and the average family size was 3.64.

On the base the population was spread out with 41.9% under the age of 18, 16.8% from 18 to 24, 39.7% from 25 to 44, 1.4% from 45 to 64, and 0.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 105.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.7 males.

The median income for a household on the base was $36,742, and the median income for a family was $36,619. Males had a median income of $25,391 versus $21,593 for females. The per capita income for the base was $11,580. About 4.4% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.



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Location & QuickFacts

FAA Information Effective:2008-09-25
Airport Identifier:OFF
Airport Status:Operational
Longitude/Latitude:095-54-45.0000W/41-07-06.0000N
-95.912500/41.118333 (Estimated)
Elevation:1052 ft / 320.65 m (Surveyed)
Land:0 acres
From nearest city:8 nautical miles SE of Omaha, NE
Location:Sarpy County, NE
Magnetic Variation:06E (1985)

Owner & Manager

Ownership:Air Force owned
Owner:Usaf
Address:3902d Air Base Wing/sac/
Offutt Afb, Omaha, NE 68113
Manager:Chief Of Afld Management
Address:3902d Air Base Wing/sac/
Offutt Afb, Omaha, NE 68113
Phone number:402-294-2793

Airport Operations and Facilities

Airport Use:Private
Wind indicator:Yes
Segmented Circle:No
Control Tower:Yes
Lighting Schedule:DUSK-DAWN
Beacon Color:Clear-Green (lighted land airport)
Sectional chart:Omaha
Region:ACE - Central
Boundary ARTCC:ZMP - Minneapolis
Tie-in FSS:OLU - Columbus
FSS on Airport:No
FSS Toll Free:1-800-WX-BRIEF
NOTAMs Facility:OFF (NOTAM-d service avaliable)

Airport Services

Fuel available:100 B+
F18 FUEL NOT FOR SALE TO PUBLIC.
Airframe Repair:MAJOR
Power Plant Repair:MAJOR
Bottled Oxygen:LOW
Bulk Oxygen:LOW

Runway Information

Runway 12/30

Dimension:11700 x 300 ft / 3566.2 x 91.4 m
Surface:CONC,
Surface Treatment:Saw-cut or plastic Grooved
Weight Limit:Single wheel: 155000 lbs.
Dual wheel: 175000 lbs.
Dual tandem wheel: 245000 lbs.
Dual dual tandem wheel: 778000 lbs.
Edge Lights:High
 

Runway 12

Runway 30

Longitude:095-55-31.0430W095-53-32.0380W
Latitude:41-07-46.9950N41-06-32.9960N
Elevation:1048.00 ft971.00 ft
Alignment:127127
ILS Type:ILS
Traffic Pattern:LeftLeft
Markings:Precision instrument, Good ConditionPrecision instrument, Good Condition
Displaced threshold:1000.00 ft
DISPL LDG THLD.
1100.00 ft
VASI:4-light PAPI on left side4-light PAPI on left side
RVR Equipment:touchdowntouchdown
Approach lights:NSTD
& 30 NSTD ALSF-1; APCH LGTS TERMINATE 1000 FT PRIOR TO DSPLCD LANDING THLD.
NSTD
Runway End Identifier:NoNo
Centerline Lights:NoNo
Touchdown Lights:NoNo

Radio Navigation Aids

ID Type Name Ch Freq Var Dist
MLENDBMillard371.0006E10.2 nm
PMVNDBPlattsmouth329.0006E10.5 nm
OMNDBGerfi320.0005E15.1 nm
RDKNDBRed Oak230.0004E30.5 nm
AFKNDBNebraska City347.0005E30.9 nm
SDANDBShenandoah411.0005E31.8 nm
AHQNDBWahoo400.0007E31.9 nm
FETNDBFremont311.0006E33.9 nm
HNRNDBHarlan272.0005E37.9 nm
AYBNDBAuburn430.0005E41.3 nm
AIONDBAtlantic365.0004E42.7 nm
LNNDBPotts385.0006E44.6 nm
ICLNDBClarinda353.0004E46.6 nm
OFFTACANOffutt054X 05E0.6 nm
TQEVORTekamah108.4007E40.4 nm
SCBVOR/DMEScribner47X111.0006E43.6 nm
OVRVORTACOmaha110X116.3008E8.5 nm
LNKVORTACLincoln108X116.1009E39.4 nm
OMAVOTOmaha109.0010.7 nm

Remarks

  • PPR ALL ACFT, CTC BASE OPS.
  • JASU: (M32A-86) (AM32A-95).
  • FUEL: J8.
  • FLUID: W SP PRESAIR LHOX LOX.
  • OIL: O-148-156 SOAP.
  • TRAN ALERT: OPR 1200-0530Z++ DLY; TRAN ACFT NOT ALLOWED WHEN TRAN ALERT NOT AVBL. HGR SPACE UNAVBL.
  • RSTD: QUIET HR POLICY IN EFF. ACFT WITH DISTINGUISHED VISITORS AND PASSENGERS CTC PTD AT LEAST 30 MIN PRIOR TO ETA AND WHEN 40 NM OUT. NUMEROUS UNLGT OBST ON AFLD.
  • RMK: RWY 12 0.7 PERCENT DOWNGRADE, HI EMBANKMENT APCH END TURBULENCE AND HI VARIABLE CROSSWINDS DUR S TO SW SFC WINDS.
  • RMK: EXTV LGT ACFT OPR WHEN CROS MILLARD ARPT DUR APCH RWY 12.
  • TFC PAT: VFR RECTANGULAR 2500'; OVERHEAD 3000'; ALL PAT S OF RWY CNTRLINE. OVERHEAD TFC REMAIN WITHIN 5 NM.
  • CSTMS/AG/IMG: AVBL ONLY FOR SPECIAL PROJECT ACFT UPON APVL OF BASE COMDR. ACFT ARR FR FOREIGN AREAS INCL CSTMS RQR IN RMK SEC OF FLT PLAN AND CONFIRM ETA AND PAX ON BOARD 1 HR PRIOR ARR. RPT TOTAL PAX ON BOARD AND PROVIDE BREAKDOWN OF PAX TO INCL NR OF US MIL, US CIV, FOREIGN MIL, AND FOREIGN CIV.
  • MISC: AM OPS DSN 271-3207/3240, C402-294-3207/3240, FAX DSN 272-4175, C402-232-4175.
  • MISC: RY GROOVED. AFLD MGR ISSUES NO COMSEC FOR TRAN CREWS. TMPRY STOR LTD TO SECRET. 55 WG COMD POST WILL PROVIDE TMPRY STOR OF TOP SECRET.
  • RSTD: AREA BYD DEP END THLD NOT USBL FOR TKOF ROLL.
  • PMSV METRO: AUGMENTED ASOS IN USE. ATC WILL ENHANCE SFC OBSTN WHEN TWR VIS INCREASES/DECREASES THRU 4SM & IS DIFFERENT THAN RPT VIS, & WHEN TORNADO, FUNNEL CLOUD, LIGHTNING AND/OR THUNDERSTORMS ARE OBSERVED.
  • PMSV METRO: CONTACT ASOS C(402)-232-1996. REMOTE BRIEFING SVS AVBL 15 OWS DSN 576-9755, C618-256-9755.
  • RSTD: PPR ALL ACFT, CTC AM OPS. ACFT WITH GREATER THAN 150 FT TURNING RAD RSTD FM 180'S ON RY 12/30. PAVEMENT OUTSIDE RY EDGE NOT STRESSED FOR ACFT. ALL ACFT MUST COMPLETE 180 DEG TURN INSIDE 150 FT RY WIDTH, ALL OTHERS MUST TURN AT END OF PAVEMENT BYD THLD.
  • RSTD: ACFT WITH DV & PAX CTC PTD AT LEAST 30 MIN PRIOR TO ETA & WHEN 40 NM OUT. NUMEROUS UNLGTD OBSTN ON AFLD.
  • (E137-2) CTN-MEN & EQPT APCH ZONE & 1ST 3000' RGT SIDE RWY 12.
  • (E137-3) MIGRATORY BIRDS VIC OF AFLD.
  • (E137-5) USE CNTR 150' OF RWY 12-30, 75' EDGES NOT STRESSED FOR ACFT OVER 100,000 LBS.
  • (E137-6) NW HALF OF RUNUP AREA, APCH END RWY 12, NOT STRESSED FOR ACFT OVER 200,000 LBS.
  • NUMEROUS UNLGTD OBSTN ON AIRFIELD.

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General Info
Country United States
State NEBRASKA
FAA ID OFF
Latitude 41-07-05.995N
Longitude 095-54-45.041W
Elevation 1048 feet
Near City OMAHA


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