Kirtland Air Force Base


The story of Kirtland Air Force Base merges the lineage of three bases (Kirtland, Manzano and Sandia) combined in 1971 from World War II-era and early Cold War infrastructure around Albuquerque. Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland performs research in many areas of high altitude and space-related activities. The facilities at Sandia National Laboratories also push the limits on energetic materials research and radiation effects on satellites. Sandia advisors were instrumental during the investigation into the 2003 space shuttle Columbia accident.

~Joseph T. Page II
New Mexico Space Trail

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Official Website: Kirtland Air Force Base
Active: Since 1941
GPS Coordinates: Coming Soon
Getting There: Kirtland AFB is located in the southeast quadrant of Albuquerque, adjacent to the Albuquerque International Sunport. You can reach the base via Interstate 40 (east/west), Exit 164 South (Wyoming Boulevard) or via Interstate 25 (north/south) at Exit 222 (Gibson Boulevard).
Hours of Operation: Kirtland AFB has two visitor control gates open 24 hours a day-the Gibson Gate and Truman Gate. The Wyoming Gate is open 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays. Other gates include Eubank gate open 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily, the Carlisle Gate open from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and the South Valley gate open from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.