Bishop, in the east-central part of the
state east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, had a small Army air
field, Bishop Army Air Field 2.5 miles northeast of town. The
field was used for a short time and them turned over to the Air
Technical Service Command. Today, it is the municipal airport
for the city of Bishop.
Corps of Engineers History
The site consisted of 897.22 acres subleased
from Inyo County, California between 10 June 1942 to 2 May 1949.
The US Army subleased from Inyo County runway use rights and
a heliport area of 4.76 acres known as the Bishop Test Site from
15 November 1965 to 19 June 1971 and from 25 November 1980 to
30 Septem= ber 1985. The site is owned by the City of Los Angeles,
California and leased to Inyo County.
The project site was the former Bishop Army Air Field used by
the U.S. Army and Air Force from 1942 to 1949 and again from
1965 to 1971 and 1980 to 1985. The site was used for aircraft
flight and ordnance delivery training. Aircraft maintenance was
also accomplished at the site as well as ordnance storage. The
Air Force used the heliport area and runway for performance testing
of helicopters and other aircraft from 1965 to 1971 and 1980
to 1985. The Army facilities were constructed during 1942 and
1943 except for the heliport which was constructed during 1965.
The DoD facilities included run-way expansion, fuel facilities,
utilities, buildings, aircraft maintenance, hospital and barracks.
The property was under Department of Defense (DoD) control during
the period of DOD leasing.
On 2 May 1949, Army cancelled its initial lease of 897.22 acres
with Inyo County for Bishop Airport under the War Assets Administration's
Peacetime Reduction Mission. The Air Force subleased 4.76 acres
from 15 November 1965 to 19 June 1971 and from 25 November 1980
to 30 September 1985 from Inyo County. The. lease is not currently
in effect. The property owner is the City of Los Angeles which
leases the property and facilities to Inyo County.