Air Force

Laughlin Air Force Base

47th Flying Training Wing
548 Laughlin Dr, Del Rio, TX 78843

Laughlin Air Force Base is a United States Air Force Base located six miles east of Del Rio, Texas and about nine miles from Del Rio’s sister city Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico. Del Rio is 154 miles west of San Antonio on U.S. Highway 90. Laughlin AFB is the largest pilot training base in the US Air Force and is home to the 47th Flying Training Wing of the Air Education and Training Command. On weekdays, the airfield sees more takeoffs and landings than any other airport in the country. Aircraft flown at Laughlin AFB include the T-6A Texan II, the T-38C Talon and T-1A Jayhawk. Each year fifteen classes of approximately 20–25 pilots graduate from Laughlin AFB.


The host unit at Laughlin AFB is the 47th Flying Training Wing. Their mission is to Train the Next Multi-Domain Combat Aviators, Deploy Mission-Ready Warriors, and Develop Professional and Confident Leaders. Laughlin AFB specializes on undergraduate pilot training for the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and allied nation air forces utilizing the T-6A Texan II, T-38 Talon and T-1A Jayhawk aircraft.

Arriving at Laughlin Air Force Base
If arriving after hours the 24-hour arrival point is the Laughlin Manor, Building 454, located at 4th and Arnold Streets across the street from the AAFES/BX parking lot. They will assist you in securing temporary accommodations and transportation to on-base quarters. The temporary lodging facilities on base have kitchen facilities, bedroom area, private bath and other conveniences. Laughlin has only four “pet friendly ” temporary lodging rooms and if they are occupied you will need to make arrangements for your pets in a local community boarding facility. Contact Laughlin Manor at 830-298-5741 for further information and rates.


In-processing is done on an individual basis in the Military Personnel Element Customer Service Office, 427 Liberty Drive, Building 246. You must bring all personnel, medical, and financial records when in processing.


SUPT/APT students (as well as Reserve, Guard, and Foreign Exchange Student pilots) will bring in processing documents to the Transition Office prior to in processing at the MPE to ensure appropriate student in processing has been completed prior to Laughlin in-processing. The 47 STUS (Student Squadron) Transition Office is located in building 320, Room A133. You can call the Transition Office at 830-298-5211 for additional information.

Base Population There are approximately 7,000 active duty, guard, reserve, students, military families, civilians, and retirees assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base.
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