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    NAS Alameda California United States
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USN March 7, 1943

Location
Located at the western end of Alameda Island along San Francisco Bay near San Francisco.

Construction
In 1927, wetlands were filled to form an airport with an east/west runway, three hangars, an administration building, and a yacht harbor. The airport site included the Alameda Terminal of the First Transcontinental Railroad. By 1930, United States Army Air Corps operations referred to the site as "Benton Field".

Pan American World Airways used the yacht harbor as the California terminal for China Clipper trans-Pacific flights beginning in 1935. On 1 June 1936, the city of Alameda, California ceded the airport to the United States government a few months before the Army discontinued operations from the field. Pan American World Airways shifted its terminal to Treasure Island in 1939 for the Golden Gate International Exposition.

Congressional appropriations passed in 1938 for construction of naval air station facilities for two carrier air wings, five seaplane squadrons and two utility squadrons. Appropriations were increased in 1940 for construction of two seaplane hangars and an aircraft carrier berthing pier, and naval operations began November 1, 1940.

Wartime History
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Fleet Air Wing 8 (Patrol Wing 8) began patrol and scouting missions. In April 1942, USS Hornet (CV-8) loaded sixteen B-25 Mitchells at NAS Alameda the for the April 18, 1942 "Doolittle Raid" on Japan.

During March 1943, wreckage of A6M2-N Rufe floatplane fighters captured at Tulagi Seaplane Base were transported to NAS Alameda for testing and evaluation. Wreckage included A6M2-N Rufe 821.

Alameda became headquarters for a system of auxiliary airfields.

Postwar
Used during the Cold War. Runways were lengthened for jet aircraft. In 1967 following the death of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, the airport was renamed "Nimitz Field". The base was used into the 1990s.

Today
Closed as a US Navy base on April 25, 1997. Today site of the USS Hornet Museum.

USS Hornet Museum
Museum includes the USS Hornet CV-12

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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