US "vanished and abandoned airfields"

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  1. syscom3

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    I found this cool site.

    "Vanished and abandoned airfields."

    Many of the airfields listed were built during WW2 for training reasons, so I listed it under this forum.

    http://www.members.tripod.com/airfields_freeman/

    I was looking at the list of the airfields for Palmdale, California area, called "Gray Butte Airfield", and scrolling down the information, I noticed an important airplane had some testing done on it. http://www.members.tripod.com/airfields_freeman/CA/Airfields_CA_PalmdaleS.htm#graybutte
     
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    Interesting site syscom. Good find! Some really good stuff on there.
     
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    That's an interesting site. I looked up some fields in my area on it.
     
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    I was looking at that some time back when I was looking at the 2 airports in Thousand Oaks. There is some cool info there. One of my museum friends has contributed to that site, Larry Simmer.
     
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    I knew people who flew out of there.

    The Polaris Air Academy was a famous training field and many RAF pilots were trained there, today it's a prison but some of the original buildings are still standing. It's even supposed to be haunted...

    The guy who owns the salvage company at El Mirage was my first aviation employer.

    All over the Antelope Valley there are dozens of abandoned and dirt strips dating back to WW2. I used to live about 5 minutes from the Quartz Hill strip in the article.

    That's a great site!
     
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    Yep - I know both of them, I used to live there and flew extensively over the area, including the restricted airspace by Edwards.

    War Eagle actually paralleled Fox Field which is a few miles to the north.
     
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    Barstow Dagget is another old AAF field, P-38s operated out of there in the last years of the war. There's a lot of wrecks in the area....

    Down in Burbank you got the old Glendale Terminal, I think it's off San Fernando, the tower building is still standing. Roscoe Turner used to fly out of there...
     
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    we got tons up here also dating back to the bcatp within 30 miles of here theres about 10 which 3 are still used
     
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    I used to visit a company in Amherst NS. Their parking lot was an old hangar that used to house Lancasters during WW2. I was told the site was a depot center. After the war the same aircraft were scrapped there. F-86 mods were completed at the same site in the 1950s. From the air you could make out the old runways
     
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    the guy near me that has the 109 etc managed to locate an aux field that had never been re zoned bought it and tuned into hi own personal ww2 field and they could'nt do squat since it was already zoned
     
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    I love it when that happens.....

    In California, because of property values, many small strips been pushed aside by developers.
     
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    Sadly so, Joe. Geez, there were 2 in Thousand Oaks at one time.
     
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    Yep! Simi Valley airport was off of Tapo Canyon....

    You also have San Fernando
     
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    I used to drive past the old tower just off of San Fernando road every day when I worked in Glendale. I always thought it looked like an old tower, so I looked it up and was correct. I didn't know about the one off tapo, but that would explain the road near a friends house called "Runway Road". :lol:
     
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