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Tonopah Test Range Airport

Tonopah Test Range Airport
Airport and surrounding test range
Airport information
Airport typeMilitary: Air Force Base
OwnerU.S. Air Force
LocationTonopah, Nevada
Elevation1691 m (5549 ft)

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Tonopah Test Range Airport is located near the center of the Tonopah Test Range, 27 NM southeast of Tonopah, Nevada and 140 mi northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a major airfield with a 12000 x 150 ft runway, instrument approach facilities, and nighttime illumination. The facility boasts over fifty hangars and an extensive support infrastructure.

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Tonopah Test Range is assigned TNX by the FAA and XSD by the IATA (which assigned TNX to Stung Treng, Cambodia). The airport's ICAO identifier is KTNX.

Tonopah is owned by the USAF Air Combat Command. The known primary use of this airport is to shuttle government employees to the weapons test range from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

The primary (paved) access to the facility is off of U.S. Route 6 at the north end of the airport. Dirt road access points also exist on the south and east sides of the range. The site is plainly visible from commercial airliners, which pass 17 NM north of the base on transcontinental flights.

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