Arnold Air Force Base Engineering and Development Complex – located in Coffee and Franklin counties, Tennessee, adjacent to the city of Tullahoma. Named for General Henry “Hap” Arnold, father of the U.S. Air Force. It’s home to the Arnold Engineering and Development Complex (AEDC), the most advanced and largest complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world. The center operates 58 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges and other specialized units.
Memphis Air National Guard – Memphis Air National Guard Base is the home base of the Tennessee Air National Guard 164th Airlift Wing. The mission of the Tennessee Air National Guard 164th Airlift Wing at Memphis Air National Guard Base is to provide a quality force to accomplish airlift, aerial delivery and mobility missions in support of the Nation, and respond to the needs of the State and its Communities. In 2004, Tennessee Air National Guard, Memphis, Tenn. retired their C-141s and converted to C-5A’s.
McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard – is a joint military facility located at McGhee Tyson Airport. It is located approximately 10 miles (16 km) south of the central business district of Knoxville, near Alcoa, Blount County, Tennessee. It was the site of McGhee Tyson Air Force Base from 1952 until 1960. McGhee Tyson ANGB is the home of the 134th Air Refueling Wing (134 ARW) of the Tennessee Air National Guard, an Air Mobility Command (AMC) gained unit which functions as the host wing for the installation.
Nashville International Airport/Air National Guard 118th Wing – The 118th Wing (118 WG) is a unit of the Tennessee Air National Guard, stationed at Berry Field Air National Guard Base, Nashville, Tennessee. The former Berry Field is now Nashville International Airport (BNA). The southern end of the field is home to a Tennessee Air National Guard airlift wing. It has been home to the Air National Guard since 1952. Berry Field remains the name of the Tennessee Air National Guard complex at Nashville International Airport.
Tennessee to Tennessee – Air Miles/Ground Miles
Arnold AFB to Memphis ANG 281/223, McGhee-Tyson ANG 177/119, Nashville ANG 69/63
Memphis ANG to McGhee-Tyson ANG 393/340, Nashville ANG 222/200
McGhee-Tyson ANG to Nashville ANG 176/151
All Tennessee Military Bases
(with Interactive Map)
National Guard Units
I can’t schedule it for you, but I can help you along the way. All retirees are considered Cat VI and are at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to getting a flight, but plenty of us still get on. You just need to go at the right times to avoid the higher categories as much as possible. During holidays and when school is out is a bad time for Cat VI to travel. If you can leave in early April and come at the end of April or even mid-May, you could be alright. Once the kids get out of school for the summer you might as well forget about traveling overseas, although it could still be possible, but most likely a longer wait.
You don’t say where you are traveling from. Usually along the east coast is the best place to start to get to Germany. If you visited the site and looked at the Ramstein page you can see where most of the flights originate that travel to Germany. Also, it lists where Ramstein usually flies to, they are not all necessarily the same. https://ujspaceainfo.com/2014/02/ramstein-ab-germany/.
If you need to learn some basics about Space-A this is the best page that I’ve found that explains it pretty well https://www.poppinsmoke.com/space-a-flights/.
If you need any further information, please continue to ask right here on my blog.
Good luck and have safe travels.
I’m retired Air Force (1969 to 1989) and although I have been overseas several times (Germany, England.) my wife has never been overseas. This coming April, May or June would love to take my wife to Germany where out Oldest daughter and her Hubby are stationed Stuttgart.. I have never flown “A” Space. Can you help my schedule my gift to my wife?