Vance Air Force Base is named for Lt. Col. Leon R. Vance, an Enid native. The War Department established the installation Nov. 29, 1941. Vance AFB is Enid's largest employer. The economic impact on Enid and the surrounding area is reported to be $220 million.
The primary mission at Vance AFB is to train military pilots. More than 410 pilots are trained annually for the Air Force, Navy, Marines and our allies for worldwide deployment and Air Expeditionary Force support.
To accomplish its mission, Vance uses three different trainers. The T-6 Texan II is the first aircraft the students train in. The next aircraft selected for training will be either the needle-nosed T-38C Talon or the T-1A Jayhawk. The T-38C is a more sophisticated, supersonic jet. Students who fly this aircraft will go on to fly fighters or bombers. The twin-engine T-1A Jayhawk is used to train pilots who will be flying multi-engine aircraft, like transports or tankers. While the FAA has approved a 500 ft. ceiling for flights in sparsely congested areas, aircraft from Vance AFB maintain a minimum altitude of 1,000 ft. while flying over the City of Enid.
There are more than 2,600 military and civilian personnel working at Vance. CSC handles aircraft maintenance at the base, along with a variety of other jobs, including civil engineering and base support functions. The base also has other contractors, such as Trend Western, Lear-Siegler Services, Inc., and Boeing Aerospace Operations, Inc.
Form more information on Vance Air force Base, visit their website at http://www.vance.af.mil/