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    Barking Sands Airfield (Pacific Missile Range Facility) Hawaii United States

Location
Lat 22°01′22″N Long 159°47′06″W  Located on the coast at Barking Sands, roughly five nautical miles northwest of Kekaha on Kauai. Also known as "Barking Sands Field" or "Barking Sands Station".

Construction
During 1921, Barking Sands was acquired by the Kekaha Sugar Company and developed as a landing ground for private aircraft. In 1940 the US Army acquired the area and named it "Mana Airport" and paved the runway. During 1941 expanded with hangers and facilities for private aircraft.

Wartime History
After the start of the Pacific War, this airfield was was utilized by fighters and bomber units prior to deployment overseas.

Units based at Barking Sands Airfield
18th FG, 78th FS (P-40) ? - January 23, 1943 Midway returns April 23 - July 31 Haleiwa
30th BG, 819th BS (B-24) US October 22, 1943 - Nov 10, 1943 Canton Nov 12, 1943 Wheeler
494th BG, 864th BS (B-24) ? - September 30, 1944 Angaur
494th BG, 865th BS (B-24) ? - September 30, 1944 Angaur
494th BG, 866th BS (B-24) ? - September 30, 1944 Angaur
494th BG, 867th BS (B-24) ? - September 30, 1944 Angaur

Postwar
During 1954 renamed "Bonham Air Force Base" or "Bonham AFB" but was primarily used by the US Navy for missle testing including the Regulus I. By 1958 the Pacific Missile Range Facility was established at this location. In 1964, the Pacific Missile Range Facility and Bonham were officially transferred to US Navy, becoming the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands. The single runway is 6,006' surfaced with asphalt. Airport code: IATA: BKH, ICAO: PHBK, FAA LID: BKH.

References
Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands - Official Website

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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