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Historic California Posts, Camps Stations and Airfields:
Big Bear City Airport
 
Acquisition information for this site is neither specific or complete. Based on available information, military acquisition and use of this airport was sporadic during the 1930s and 1940s. In 1934, the Army Air Corps entered into a lease with the Big Bear Land and Water Company for an indeterminate number of acres associated with the airport. During World War II, the Army acquired use of the airport but the nature of the real estate instrument under which the property was used, the number of acres, and date of acquisition is unknown. Starting in 1948, an unknown number of acres associated with the airport was available for use by the Marine Corps. The nature of the real estate instrument under which the Marine Corps acquired use of the facility is unknown.
 
Information describing the use of this airport by the military is neither specific or complete. Between 1934-and 1937, the Army Air Corps established a flight training facility at the airport. During World War II, the Army Air Forces used the airport for flight and survival training. A camp was established on the north side of the airport property. The extent to which the Marine Corps used the airport for flight training after World War II is unknown. No information is available regarding the extent to which military improvements were constructed during any portion of the military use of the airport site.
 
The lease governing the use of the airport by the Army Air Corps was cancelled in 1937. The date the Army Air Forces terminated use of the airport during World War II, or the date the Marine Corps terminated use of the airport after 1948 is not known. The acreage associated with the Army Air Corps, Army Air Forces, or Marine Corps use of the airport is unknown. No military improvements are present at the airport today. The site is a municipal airport operated by the Big Bear Airport Commission.


Source US Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District
 
Posted 20 December 2008

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