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Installation Overview --Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts

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Installation Overview --Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts

Hanscom AFB Front Gate

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force
Hanscom Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located 5 mi SSW of Bedford, Massachusetts, about 15 mi NW of Boston. It lies immediately south and east of Hanscom Field. The base is named after Laurence G. Hanscom, an aviation enthusiast, and State House reporter who was killed in a plane crash at Saugus, Massachusetts when he had been lobbying for the establishment of an airfield in Bedford. Laurence G. Hanscom was a reporter for the Worcester Telegram-Gazette and active in early aviation, founding the Massachusetts Civil Air Reserve.

Hanscom is the headquarters of the Electronic Systems Center (ESC), one of the product centers of the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC). In addition to this primary function, which is its host unit, Hanscom supports the Air Force Research Laboratory's Sensors and Space Vehicles directorates, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the MITRE corporation, and various other companies and groups related to the Department of Defense.

Hanscom's mission within the Air Force is unique; it is the home base to no Air Force flying activities. Its mission, rather, is to support research and electronic systems instead of hosting military aircraft. Hanscom AFB does not have its own runways; it uses the runways of Hanscom Field, a civilian airport adjacent to the Air Force Base. Less than one percent of the airplanes that land on the runways of Hanscom Field are military aircraft.

The official website for Hanscom Air Force Base

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