Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base

Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base is an Ohio Air National Guard installation located near Lockbourne in southern Franklin County. The base was named for the famous early aviator and Columbus native Eddie Rickenbacker. It is the home of the United States Air Force's 121st Air Refueling Wing (121 ARW), which serves as the host wing and is an Air National Guard (ANG) unit operationally-gained by the Air Mobility Command (AMC).

Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base
Near Columbus, Ohio in the United States
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A KC-135R Stratotanker of the Ohio Air National Guard's 121st Air Refuelling Wing touches down at Rickenbacker ANGB during 2012.
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Rickenbacker ANGB is located in the United States
Rickenbacker ANGB
Rickenbacker ANGB
Location in the United States
Coordinates39°48′49″N 082°56′48″W / 39.81361°N 82.94667°W / 39.81361; -82.94667Coordinates: 39°48′49″N 082°56′48″W / 39.81361°N 82.94667°W / 39.81361; -82.94667
TypeAir National Guard Base
Site information
OwnerDepartment of Defense
OperatorUS Air Force (USAF)
Controlled byOhio Air National Guard (ANG)
ConditionOperational
Websitewww.121arw.ang.af.mil
Site history
Built1940s (as Lockbourne Army Airfield)
In use1940s – present
Garrison information
Current
commander
Colonel David B. Johnson
Garrison121st Air Refueling Wing
Airfield information
IdentifiersIATA: LCK, ICAO: KLCK, FAA LID: LCK, WMO: 724285
Elevation226.7 metres (744 ft) AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
5R/23L 3,688.6 metres (12,102 ft) Asphalt/Concrete
5L/23R 3,627.7 metres (11,902 ft) Asphalt
Airfield shared with Rickenbacker International Airport.
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Rickenbacker ANGB is part of a joint airfield operation as a tenant activity of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority in a joint civil-military airfield arrangement with commercial airlines and other civilian aircraft operators utilizing the colocated Rickenbacker International Airport. Rickenbacker ANGB is also a joint military facility, with tenant activities of the Ohio Army National Guard (Army Aviation Support Facility #2), as well as Navy Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve units and associated facilities.

During World War II, the installation was a U.S. Army Air Forces training base known as Lockbourne Army Airfield, becoming an air force base in 1948 a few months following the establishment of the U.S. Air Force as an independent branch of the U.S. armed forces. The base was named Lockbourne AFB from 1948 to 1974 and later Rickenbacker AFB from 1974 to 1980. The facility was transferred from Strategic Air Command and the active duty Air Force on 1 April 1980 and turned over to the Air National Guard.

Further readingEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document: "Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base".

  1. ^ "Airport Diagram – Rickenbacker Intl (LCK)" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 16 July 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2020.