Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, is a precious asset for the US Air Force. The resident Strike Eagle squadrons and a host of visiting units are here to make full use of its excellent training ranges and local terrain.

The 389th FS ‘T-bolts’ commander’s jet punches out a flare as it breaks formation with a wingman.
photos: Jim Haseltine

THE VERY NAME Mountain Home conjures up visions of a remote hilltop hideaway — a welcome retreat. For the US Air Force, it relates to a very special air base in the wilds of Idaho, about an hour’s drive south of the state capital Boise.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below