Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfield
Independence Auxiliary Field
Independence Auxiliary Field, circa 1943
During World War II, the airport was used by the US Army Air Forces as an auxiliary training airfield for the contract flying school at Lone Pine Airport, California.
US Army Corps of Engineers History
The airport, established in 1928, is located on 118.45 acres of land which is leased to the County of Inyo by the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for operation as a public airport.

This field served as an auxiliary field for the Contract Flying School at Lone Pine Airport that provided primary level pilot training to aviation cadets of the Army Air Corps. The school was operated by Ross Aeronautical School from March 1942 until August 1943

As this was under the control of a private corporation contracted through the Defense Plant Corporation (PLANCOR), no War Department disposal actions were necessary. After the end
of World War II, Inyo County continued the operation of Independence Airport as a public airport.
Source: Los Angeles District, US Army Corps of Engineers
Extract, Army Air Forces Directory of Airfields, January 1945
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