Spend a few days on the ramp and you will see every combat aircraft in the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps: fighters, bombers, helicopters, airlifters and command and control — they’re all here. Nellis provides training for composite strike forces that include every type of aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory. Training is conducted in conjunction with air and ground units of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and air forces from allied nations. The crews don’t come to learn to fly — instead, they learn to be the best combat aviators in the world. In the process, the aircrews go beyond the four-ship formations used at their home bases to become part of an aerial armada of up to 80 aircraft.
Nellis sits eight miles northeast of downtown Las Vegas, 293 miles from Los Angeles, 298 miles from Phoenix and 288 miles from Grand Canyon National Park. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is less than an hour’s drive away. The local area has low annual humidity of 20 percent or less with 310 days of sunshine and annual rainfall of only
4 inches. Summer temperatures average about 106 degrees, with some days topping 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter temperatures range from the mid 40s to the upper 60s. High-velocity windstorms and accompanying dust storms occur occasionally.
Because of Nellis’ good year-round flying weather and location, it is an ideal place for advanced combat aviation training, operational testing and tactics development. The base itself covers more than 14,000 acres, and the vast Nevada Test and Training Range provides 2.9 million acres of restricted land and 15,000 square miles of airspace. The base hosts 10,000 military members and 3,500 civilians. On average, more than 1,100 temporary-duty personnel visit each day, with more than 8,000 official visitors annually.
Everyone at Nellis plays a vital role in molding aerial forces into the premier air, space and cyberspace force in the world. The work is hard, the hours are sometimes long and the temperatures soar during the summer months. Nevertheless, Nellis and the Las Vegas Valley are great places to live and work. This area has some of the best entertainment and recreation in the world, including fishing, water sports and places to hike that are only a short drive away. Plus, nothing beats the pride of being a member of the busiest air combat base in the Air Force.
—Welcome to Nellis!