Tucson, Ariz. (Sept. 18, 2012)- The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) Board of Directors today approved a resolution of support for the Arizona Air National Guard's 16nd Fighter Wing, based at Tucson International Airport (TIA).
TIA has been home to the Guard since 1956. Six types of fighter jets have flown from the airport during that time, and the 162nd Fighter Wing's current mission is to provide pilot training for the United States and its allies using F-16 fighter jets.
The resolution recognizes the long and successful history of military operations at TIA, as well as
the 162nd Fighter Wing's substantial impact to the regional economy as an employer of nearly 1,500 staff members.
TIA's capability to accommodate aircraft of all types and operations is noted. The resolution concludes with a statement that the TAA will continue to provide and make available the best possible airport facilities to support the current and future aeronautical needs of the 162nd Fighter Wing, along with the needs of the entire southern Arizona aviation community.