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originally posted by: cosmania
Love the ALQ-188 pod on the F-16. Wonder what he's doing out there?
originally posted by: zipper104
I believe most people assume that Groom is connected to Nellis AFB due to the close proximity. Not true - Nellis AFB and Creech AFB are asssigned to ACC (Air Combat Command) and Groom (AFTC Det.3 from Edwards AFB) is assigned to AFMC (Air Force Material Command) as is Hill AFB - thus the close connection. Hill does have 2 ACC fighter wings as tenants - one is active Air Force (tailcode HL) and the other is Reserve Air Force (tailcode HI). Hill AFB (tailcode HAFB) also supports Ogden Air Logistics Center (also AFMC) that is thought to "own" the USAF aircraft at Groom. At one time the helicopters at Groom were spotted with the HAFB tailcode but when that became publicized the tailcodes dissappeared. The whole Janet fleet (owned by the USAF) has strong ties back to Utah also.
Currently, scramble.nl lists Groom as having 4 HH-60U helicopters and 4 F-16D aircraft assigned. I find this a little confusing since I have never seen any images supporting more than 3 of each type. I suppose it is possible that one of each type could be in a hanger undergoing periodic inspection or maintenance?. The F-16 in your picture is one that is on the Groom list. I believe that while the F-16's at Groom could be used defensively, if needed, they have a primary role as chase planes for projects (just as the F-101's did in the early days) and ferrying pilots as well as getting "podded up" for some special tests. And let's not forget, the pilots assigned to Groom also have to get in monthly flight time. As far as "podding" up, I am sure Groom has all the "techs" they need to get whatever job done whether they are military or civilian.
Bottom line is ACC and AFMC are "apples and oranges". Both have completely different missions.