Nellis Air Force Base

United States Air Force installation in Clark County, Nevada, United States

Nellis Air Force Base (Nellis AFB) is a United States Air Force military base. It is located in the north part of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is home to the Thunderbirds. The base also trains fighter aircraft for the US Air Force. The base is named for William Harrell Nellis, a Las Vegas resident and P-47 pilot who died in action during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. Nellis AFB is home to the F-15, F-16, and the F-22 Raptors.

Nellis Air Force Base
Las Vegas Air Force Base (1948)
Las Vegas Army Airfield (1941)[1]
McCarran Field (c. 1935)[2]
Part of Air Combat Command (1992)
Clark County, Nevada, in the Great Basin adjacent to North Las Vegas[3]
Nellis AFB  (KLSV)  is located in Nevada
Nellis AFB  (KLSV) 
Nellis AFB 
Location of Nellis AFB
Coordinates36°14′57″N 114°59′46″W / 36.24917°N 114.99611°W / 36.24917; -114.99611 (Nellis AFB (military installation))[4]
TypeAir Force Base
Site information
Controlled byUnited States Air Force
Site history
In use1941–present
Garrison information
Garrison99th Air Base Wing
Airfield information
Elevation1,867 feet (569 m) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
03L/21R 10,123 feet (3,085 m) Concrete
03R/21L 10,055 feet (3,065 m) Concrete
Sources: official site[5] and FAA
1994 USGS Orthophoto
Nellis AFB Welcome Sign

The main base covers close to 11,300 acres (46 km²). Much of the base is undeveloped. The rest of the area is either paved or has buildings. The Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Airstrip was a part of Nellis. It used to be known as "Area 3". On June 20, 2005 the field was renamed to Creech Air Force Base.

Major Areas


The base has three main areas.


  1.   This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
  2. "Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada". The Military Standard - Air Force Bases. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  3. Comprehensive Site Evaluation Phase II (PDF) (Report). June 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-03-03. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
  4. "Geographic Names Information System" (search page). USGS. Retrieved 2013-06-06.: Nellis AFB "Airport" (2443876, 361408N 1150224W),
    Nellis AFB CDP (2408911, 361448N 1150326W),
    Nellis Air Force Base (2511960, 361457N 1145946W),
    Nellis AFB Post Office (865017, 361432N 1150244W, 01-MAY-1992),
    Community College of Southern Nevada Nellis Air Force Base Center (2087468)
  5. Nellis Air Force Base, official website