Located on 1,451 acres three miles north of Hampton Beach in the city of Southampton in Suffolk County, Long Island, the county-owned Francis S. Gabreski Airport is a civilian and military facility and serves as the gateway to the famous Long Hamptons Island. It has a rich history.
Built in 1943 as a base for Mitchel Field's United States Army WWII, it was later assigned to the First Air Force, whose 437th Air Force Base flew anti-aircraft patrols. -nëndetëse. After the war, it was designated a civilian area.
Returning once again to military application in 1951 due to the National War Emergency of the Korean War, he was renamed the Suffolk County Air Force Base. The 103rd Fighter-Interceptor Wing of the Air National Guard, along with the 118th Fighter-Squadron squadron and its Republic P-47N Thunderbolts fleet, was federalized that year and moved from Brainerd Field to Connecticut at the air base on June 1.
The 103rd Fighter-Interceptor wing was replaced by the 45th and 75th Fighter-Pursuit Squadrons in November 1952, which operated the North American F-86 Saber Jets as part of the 23- of the Fighter-Interceptor.
After three years, the group itself was renamed the Presque Isle Air Force Base in Maine and replaced by the newly re-activated 52nd Wing.
Due to financial constraints caused by the Vietnam War, the Suffolk County Air Force Base was deactivated in 1969 and relocated back to Suffolk County for civilian operations with the aim of "developing, improving, operating and maintaining the airport" under sub the care of the Federal Aviation Administration.
However, military operations resumed in June 1970 when the New York Air National Guard's 102nd Air Fuel Squadron was transferred there from the now closed Floyd Bennett Naval Field Air Station, based on its Boeing KC carriers. -97 Strato-carriers there.
The redesigned Francis S. Gabreski Airport in 1991 after America's largest living acre, today serves as a private, corporate and air tax structure and is also home to the 106th Air National Rescue Wing, which operates Lockheed HC-130P Hercules and HH-60G Pave Hawk Helicopters, the only fleet of rescue aircraft based in the northeast of the country.
The three-runway – 5,000 feet 01/19, 9,000 feet 06/24, and 5,000 feet 15/33 – offers the very longest in any general aviation field on Long Island and is eclipsed only by those at JFK. Its facilities include a terminal building with two car rental counters and Apron Cafe; Shelt-Air Aviation Services, the only fixed base airport operator, with refueling, airplane parking and servicing; Suffolk County Police Aviation Section, which deploys a helicopter there; and the Hampton Business District, whose eventual 400,000-square-foot Industrial Park promotes the growth of the local community.
In the 12 months ended December 31, 2010, that airport had 107 aircraft based and operated 83,712 annual movements.