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Los Alamitos AAF
base insignia
FAA airport diagram
IATA: none – ICAO: KSLI – FAA LID: SLI
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator United States Army
Location Los Alamitos, California
Elevation AMSL 35 ft / 11 m
Coordinates 33°47′24″N 118°03′05″W / 33.79°N 118.05139°W / 33.79; -118.05139
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4L/22R 5,900 1,798 PEM
4R/22L 8,000 2,438 Asphalt/Concrete
Sources: Official website and FAA

Los Alamitos Army Airfield (ICAO: KSLI, FAA LID: SLI) is a military airport located one mile (2 km) southeast of central Los Alamitos, and within its city limits, in Orange County, California, USA.

Facilities

Los Alamitos Army Airfield has two runways:

  • Runway 4L/22R: 5,900 x 150 ft. (1,798 x 46 m), Surface: PEM
  • Runway 4R/22L: 8,000 x 200 ft. (2,438 x 61 m), Surface: Asphalt/Concrete

History

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, due to what the United States Navy perceived as a hostile attitude on the part of the City of Long Beach regarding improvements and maintenance of Long Beach Airport (then both a municipal airport and Naval Reserve air station), and unknown to city officials at the time, the Navy had begun a survey for a more suitable site for flight operations. Admiral Ernest J. King, then the Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics, and Admirals William D. Leahy, Joseph K. Taussig, and Allen E. Smith pointedly demanded that the City of Long Beach repair the hazardous runways at Long Beach Airport and simply reminded the city that the Pacific Fleet, then laying offshore in both Long Beach and San Pedro harbors, had a payroll of over US$1 million per month. That sum being quite a lot of money at the time, the city complied with the Navy's demands.

Still, the city continued to show a hostile attitude toward approving a lease on any additional land that the Naval Reserve now required. The Navy thereupon, fed up with the city of Long Beach, decided upon the purchase of some property owned by a Mrs. Susanna Bixby Bryant, a fact made known by the commander of the base, Commander Thomas A. Gray, to the Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics, Admiral John H. Towers. The circumstances behind the purchase were revealed to James V. Forrestal, Under Secretary of the Navy, and by him to the House Naval Affairs Committee who approved the purchase. Although Commander Gray had offered Mrs. Bryant US$350 an acre, in the best patriotic spirit she sold the property at US$300 an acre.


Aerial view of NAS Los Alamitos in the mid-1940s.
Aerial view of NAS Los Alamitos in the mid-1940s.

With the site acquired, in 1941, construction funds soon followed and Naval Reserve Air Base (NRAB) Los Alamitos began to take shape. The new base provided many jobs and spurred modest growth. On 1 June 1941, operations physically relocated from Long Beach to Los Alamitos.

By May 1942, Los Alamitos was operating with a complete physical plant including administrative office, sick bay, a synthetic training facility, central files, classroom, and an assembly & repair department. With a station complement of approximately 2,500 officers and men, the initial aviation cadets began their training. The first graduating class numbered 729 cadets, 180 having washed out. By the end of the year, the base's 36 planes had increased to 140, and in 1943, five outlying fields were acquired, Training was carried out mostly in plywood N2T1s. When changed from the command of the Naval Primary Training Command to that of Naval Air Center, Eleventh Naval District, on 15 August 1943, it was used to station carrier air groups. Renamed a naval air station, its flight operations were conducted by a Fleet Air Detachment, with station complement dropping from about 250 officers and 2000 men to 40 officers and 500 men and the Assembly and Repair Department discontinued but still used by the CASU on board. Many CASUs and ARGUSs (groups to establish forward air bases) were formed at and dispatched from Los Alamitos during the war. With additional construction undertaken after mid-1943, the total investment at the station to 1 January 1945 was $4,827,014.64. Growing from one officer, one man, and one plane in 1928, Los Alamitos in 1945 had become one of the Navy's most important air stations.

On 15 August 1943 it became an operational training base for training of fleet units and was reclassified as a Naval Air Station. In addition to providing training, the base serviced aircraft from the battle fleet, including carrier air groups from USS Lexington, Saratoga, and Langley.

NRAB Los Alamitos was initially under the command of the naval operating base at San Pedro, California. Like other Naval Reserve Air Bases established during the 1930s, it fell under the command of the Naval Air Primary Training Command on 1 October 1942; Naval Air Center, Eleventh Naval District, San Diego, on 15 August 1943; and finally Naval Air Bases, Eleventh Naval District, on 10 August 1944. As an NRAB, the mission of Los Alamitos was to instruct, train and drill Naval Reserve aviation personnel living in the Eleventh Naval District.

Many former military personnel chose to stay on in the City of Los Alamitos after the war, living in such neighbourhoods as Carrier Row, where streets are named for World War II aircraft carriers.

As was the case with other naval air stations retained in operating status following the war, Los Alamitos suffered a period of transitions and changes. Under the command of the Chief of Naval Air Training at NAS Pensacola, its missions were to train reservists and service the fleet. On 1 March 1946, while it provided training, CASU 33 supported Air Group 98, but the devotion of activity could be measured by the fact that, as of 28 February 1946, it had only ninety-seven V-6 personnel on active duty as station keepers, yet until the end of September this group provided proficiency flying for more than 1,500 inactive reserve pilots. Meanwhile, CASU 706 supported Patrol Squadron 908 (VP-908), Escort Carrier Air Groups 779 and 778, and Carrier Air Group 716. On 16 August 1946, the first group of aviation cadets in the Selective Training Program came on board, and after 1 September, the station would be used by the Naval Air Transport Service (NATS). On 13 October, the record-making Truculent Turtle, which had flown nonstop for almost 4,500 miles, paid the station a visit. By the end of 1946, with 243 reserve pilots, 1,375 volunteer reserve pilots, 255 inactive reserve enlisted men, and 368 active duty station keepers, Los Alamitos was one of the busiest Naval Air Reserve Stations. Between January and March 1947, the station became the largest in the entire Naval Reserve air training programme.

On 17 May 1947, the administration of NAF Litchfield Park, southwest of downtown Phoenix, Arizona, was placed under Los Alamitos to serve volunteer reserve aviation personnel in the Phoenix-Tucson area. With 1,300 organised reservists, 1,682 inactive reservists, 12 over-aged reservists, 7 women reservists, and 583 station keepers, Los Alamitos remained the largest Naval Air Reserve Station in the United States.

On board during the first quarter of 1948 were a light carrier aircraft group (CLG); two carrier air groups; two escort carrier air groups; two patrol plane squadrons; three transport squadrons; four fleet aircraft service squadrons; two Marine fighting squadrons and a Marine ground control interceptor unit; two volunteer units, one at Litchfield, one on the station proper; a NATS Unit; GCA; and an all-weather station. Until it was decided that there were not enough personnel to continue associated volunteer units at Bakersfield Municipal Airport and Santa Barbara, Los Alamitos assumed administrative responsibilities for them. At the station full operations were carried on for five days a week from 0730 to 1630. Saturday night was reserved for night flying. Operations were limited on Mondays and Thursdays; weekends were madhouses as the "weekend warriors" came on board.

On 7 November 1949, Los Alamitos received its first jet aircraft, an FJ-1 Fury. With all FGs replaced with F6F Hellcats, a reorganisation occurred on 1 December 1950 in which there was provided a wing staff with twenty-five squadrons. During the summer of 1950, 105 midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy reported for four days of an air cruise and 112 seamen reported for eight weeks of training duty. Meanwhile, there was a waiting list for pilots and ground officers. When the naval aviation cadet programme, which had opened on 1 July, closed on 25 October 1950, Los Alamitos had obtained a tenth of the cadets recruited in the entire nation. Meanwhile, in answer to President Truman's request for reservists to volunteer for duty during the Korean War, VG-781 requested mobilisation as a complete unit, and was accepted – the first squadron in the nation to do so – VP-772 reported for active duty on 1 September; three Marine Corps Organized Reserve units were ordered to active duty, and so was VP-772. To speed up training, on 6 March and again on 16 May 1951 ninety-day trainees reported on board. The third group of trainees came on board for training 16 June and many of them and station personnel helped saved lives and property during heavy rains and floods that damaged the nearby town of Los Alamitos. On 15 January 1952, the first helicopter unit came on board. Also in 1952, a reserve air intelligence unit came on board.

On 16 July 1957, then-Major John H. Glenn, Jr., USMC, set the Transcontinental air speed record, flying a F8U-1 Crusader from NAS Los Alamitos to Floyd Bennett Field, New York, in 3 hours, 23 minutes, and 8.4 seconds. Project Bullet, as the mission was called, provided both the first transcontinental flight to average supersonic speed, and the first continuous transcontinental panoramic photograph of the United States. Glenn was awarded his fifth Distinguished Flying Cross for the mission.

For the next decade, operations at Los Alamitos were routine. In 1970, however, the Navy closed the station as a Naval Air Reserve training facility and let it serve merely as a Naval Air Station. In 1972, helicopter elements of both the California Army National Guard and United States Army Reserve relocated from leased facilities at commercial airports to NAS Los Alamitos. Following approval of an environmental impact statement filed in August 1973, the base was designated an Armed Forces Reserve Center for which the Navy was designated host, and the California Army National Guard was charged with operating the airfield.

The senior command on post is the 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized), headquartered in the large, prominent building facing the flagpole and main entrance artery.

On 23 August 1977, 'ownership' of the base was transferred from the U.S. Navy to the U.S. Army. The U.S. Army 'licensed' the operation of the base to the California Army National Guard. The base was commanded by BG James Benson. Los Alamitos Army Airfield was commanded by LTC James C. Ghormley, III.

In July 2000, Los Alamitos Armed Force Reserve Center was renamed Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Center.

This place served as the starting line for the 14th season of the hit CBS Reality TV Show The Amazing Race.



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Los Alamitos Aaf Airport picture

Location & QuickFacts

FAA Information Effective:

2006-09-28

Airport Identifier:

SLI

Longitude/Latitude:

118-03-07.2000W/33-47-24.0000N
-118.052000/33.790000 (Estimated)

Elevation:

35 ft / 10.67 m (Estimated)

Land:

0 acres

From nearest city:

1 nautical miles SE of Los Alamitos, CA

Location:

Orange County, CA

Magnetic Variation:

14E (1985)

Owner & Manager

Ownership:

Army owned

Owner:

Us Army

Address:

Aasf, Caarng, 4612 Doolittle Ave
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Phone number:

562-795-2571

Address:

 

Airport Operations and Facilities

Airport Use:

Private

Segmented Circle:

No

Control Tower:

Yes

Attendance Schedule:

ALL/SAT-MON/1530-2400Z++,ALL/TUE-FRI/1500-0600Z++
CLSD HOL. DSN 972-2571, C562-795-2571, HTTP://WWW.CALGUARD.CA.GOV/SLI. SEE FLIP AP/1 RTE AND AREA RSTD, AND SUPPLEMENTARY ARPT RMK.

Lighting Schedule:

DUSK-DAWN

Beacon Color:

Split-Clear-Green (lighted military airport)

Sectional chart:

Los Angeles

Region:

AWP - Western-Pacific

Boundary ARTCC:

ZLA - Los Angeles

Tie-in FSS:

HHR - Hawthorne

FSS Phone:

310-970-0102

FSS Toll Free:

1-800-WX-BRIEF

NOTAMs Facility:

SLI (NOTAM-d service avaliable)

Airport Services

Fuel available:

A1+ B+

Runway Information

Runway 04L/22R

Dimension:

5900 x 150 ft / 1798.3 x 45.7 m

Surface:

PEM,

Edge Lights:

Medium
HIRL ELEV 1' AND LCTD 5' FR EDGE OF RWY.

 

Runway 04L

Runway 22R

Traffic Pattern:

Left

Left

Centerline Lights:

No

No

 

Runway 04R/22L

Dimension:

8000 x 200 ft / 2438.4 x 61.0 m

Surface:

ASPH,

Edge Lights:

High
HIRL ELEV 1' AND LCTD 5' FR EDGE OF RWY.

 

Runway 04R

Runway 22L

Traffic Pattern:

Left

Left

VASI:

 

4-box on left side

Approach lights:

 

SALSF

Runway End Identifier:

No

No

Centerline Lights:

Yes

Yes

 

Radio Navigation Aids

ID

Type

Name

Ch

Freq

Var

Dist

CPM

NDB

Compton

 

378.00

15E

11.4 nm

EMT

NDB

El Monte

 

359.00

15E

18.0 nm

PAI

NDB

Pacoima

 

370.00

15E

33.5 nm

SB

NDB

Petis

 

397.00

14E

37.8 nm

RIV

TACAN

March

077X

 

14E

39.5 nm

NFG

TACAN

Camp Pendleton

055X

 

13E

45.5 nm

RAL

VOR

Riverside

 

112.40

15E

31.6 nm

HDF

VOR

Homeland

 

113.40

14E

43.3 nm

ELB

VOR/DME

El Toro

119X

117.20

14E

17.4 nm

SMO

VOR/DME

Santa Monica

045X

110.80

15E

24.1 nm

VNY

VOR/DME

Van Nuys

078X

113.10

15E

34.0 nm

SLI

VORTAC

Seal Beach

104X

115.70

15E

0.4 nm

LAX

VORTAC

Los Angeles

083X

113.60

15E

20.8 nm

POM

VORTAC

Pomona

041X

110.40

15E

21.8 nm

PDZ

VORTAC

Paradise

059X

112.20

15E

27.2 nm

SXC

VORTAC

Santa Catalina

051X

111.40

15E

31.0 nm

OCN

VORTAC

Oceanside

100X

115.30

15E

45.8 nm

SNA

VOT

Santa Ana

 

110.00

 

11.4 nm

LAX

VOT

San Pedro Hill

 

113.90

 

14.4 nm

Remarks

  • RWY-LGTS: RWY 22L - SF.
  • MISC - WINDS ARE ACCURATE TO WITHIN PLUS OR MINUS 4 KNOTS.
  • AR - OPR 1500-0030Z++ MON-FRI EXC HOL.
  • ARNG - AASF OPR 1530-0130Z++ MON, 1530-0600Z++ TUE-FRI, EXC HOL, DSN 972-2006, C562-795-2006. HTTP://WWW.CALGUARD.CA.GOV/AASF.
  • RWY-17/35 (CLSD 2500X150 ASP).
  • FUEL - J8
  • FLUID - SP
  • OIL - O-148-156-CANS ONLY.
  • RSTD - PPR DSN 972-2571, C562-795-2571.
  • NS ABTMT - PRO IN EFF. ALL DEP RQR BRIEFINGS.
  • MISC - TO EXCEED WT BRG CAP CTC AFLD OPS DSN 972-2571, C562-795-2571.

 

Los Alamitos Aaf Airport   

Address: Orange County, CA

Tel: 562-795-2571


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General Info
Country United States
State CALIFORNIA
FAA ID SLI
Latitude 33-47-24.058N
Longitude 118-03-07.226W
Elevation 35 feet
Near City LOS ALAMITOS



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