Oxnard Air Force Base
Part of Air Defense Command
Camarillo, California
Convair F-106A-90-CO Delta Dart 57-2486 437th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron.
Oxnard AFB is located in California
Oxnard AFB
Oxnard AFB
Coordinates34°12′50″N 119°05′40″W / 34.21389°N 119.09444°W / 34.21389; -119.09444
TypeAir Force Base
Site history
Built1940
In use1940-1945; 1951-1970

Oxnard Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base, in the city of Camarillo, California.

History

Camarillo Airport was established in 1942, when the California State Highway Department built an auxiliary landing field with a 5,000 ft (1,500 m) runway. During World War II the 36th Flying Training Wing (U.S. Army Air Forces) supervised contractors training pilots at the airfield. In 1951 The runway was extended to 8,000 ft (2,400 m) to accommodate what by then had developed into Oxnard Air Force Base. In the 1950s, the base was home to the 354th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. The base fielded F101 Voodoo interceptors, which had a cameo appearance in the movie "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966).[citation needed] In the mid-1960s they were replaced, when the base received 17 new F-106 Delta Darts. The base was highlighted in U.S. Air Force Training Film "Nuclear Attack Preparedness Procedures: Survive to Fight".

On January 1, 1970, Oxnard AFB was deactivated and the base became surplus property. Oxnard had 99 officers and 990 enlisted personnel before its closing. The last commanding officer of the 414th Fighter Group was Colonel Paul D. Cofer.

References

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency

U.S. Air Force Training Film "Nuclear Attack Preparedness Procedures: Survive to Fight." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSMcPNGyxME