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    NAS North Island (Halsey Field) California United States
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USN February 3, 1951

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Justin Taylan 2000

Location
Located on North Island bordering the northern end of the Coronado peninsula and San Diego inside San Diego Bay. During 1945, the shallow bay known as Spanish Bight seporating North Island was filled, connecting the island to the Coronado peninsula.

Construction
North Island was an uninhabited sand flat. During 1912, the US Army Signal Corps established the Signal Corps Aviation School at this location, the first school to provide flight training for military pilots. During 1917, US Congress appropriated the land and two airfields on the island: Naval Air Station San Diego and Rockwell Field. Built by the US Navy and commissioned as Naval Air Station San Diego or NAS San Diego.

Wartime History
During World War II, NAS North Island was an important base for US Navy aircraft.

During August 1942, the "Alaska Zero" A6M2 Zero 4593 was transported to NAS North Island repaired and flight tested at the airfield. It was flown in tests and against other American planes including a P-38F, P-39D-1, P-40F, P-51, and an F4U-1. Afterwards, sent to Langley, VA.

Units based at NAS North Island
USN VD-4 September - November 1943 Barber's Point, Hawaii

Today
Still in use today. Airport code: IATA: NZY – ICAO: KNZY – FAA LID: NZY

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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