|FAA airport diagram|
|IATA: SEE – ICAO: KSEE – FAA LID: SEE|
|Owner||County of San Diego|
|Serves||San Diego, California|
|Location||El Cajon, California|
|Elevation AMSL||388 ft / 118 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Gillespie Field (IATA: SEE, ICAO: KSEE, FAA LID: SEE) is a county-owned public-use airport located 10 miles (16 km) northeast of the central business district of San Diego, in El Cajon, San Diego County, California, United States.
- Section reference dates.
In 1942 the United States Marine Corps chose a 688-acre (2.78 km2) site east of San Diego to conduct parachute training for the newly forming Parachute battalions. In September 1942 Camp Gillespie was completed and named in honor of Lieutenant Archibald H. Gillespie, a Marine officer who played a prominent role in the effort to separate California from Mexico in the 1840s. Three 256 foot high towers were built from which the paratroopers practiced their jumps.
In February 1944, the camp was commissioned as Marine Corps Auxiliary Airfield Gillespie falling under the command of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. MCAAF Gillespie soon became responsible for Camp Pendleton Outlying Air Field. Among the units that transited and trained at MCCAF Gillespie were VMSB-141, Air Warning Squadron 10 and the Navy's VT-37.
In 1946, the airfield was turned over to San Diego County and was turned into a general aviation facility. In 1952, the County was granted ownership of the facility by the federal government. In 1971, the County Sheriff stationed ASTREA, a helicopter law enforcement base at the airport. And in 1993, the San Diego Aerospace Museum located its restoration operations and a special exhibit at the field.
Facilities and aircraft
- Runway 9L/27R: 5,342 x 100 ft (1,628 x 30 m)
- Runway 9R/27L: 2,738 x 60 ft (835 x 18 m)
- Runway 17/35: 4,145 x 100 ft (1,263 x 30 m)
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2012, the airport had 184,512 aircraft operations, an average of 548 per day: 99.9% general aviation, <1% air taxi and <1% military. There are 699 aircraft based at this airport: 88% single-engine, 5% multi-engine, 4% helicopter, 2% jet and <1% glider.
San Diego Air & Space Museum Gillespie Field Annex
Gillespie is also the home of the restoration facility Gillespie Field Annex for the San Diego Air and Space Museum (formerly San Diego Aerospace Museum). It is open to the public and has on display many vintage and modern aircraft; and has an Atlas ICBM rocket as its gate guard, replica of the Spirit of St. Louis, and a recently restored F-102A Delta Dagger with drop tanks.
According to the FAA, in 2010 Gillespie Field was the 44th busiest airport in terms of traffic in the United States.
- Gillespie Field (San Diego Trolley station)
- List of airports in California
- List of United States Marine Corps installations
- Wings Over Gillespie Annual June Airshow
- FAA Airport Master Record for SEE ( PDF), effective 2007-10-25
- Gillespie Field (San Diego County web page)
- "San Diego Metropolitan Area during World War II". California State Military Museum. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
- SDASM Gillispie Field Annex Restoration Facility
- "sandiegoairandspace.org". sandiegoairandspace.org. 2013-07-15. Retrieved 2013-07-19.
- Gillespie Field Annex Layout and Aircraft[dead link]
- Gillespie Pilots Association
- Gillespie Field at County of San Diego website
- Unofficial Gillespie Field with a complete list of Gillespie Field Businesses, Museums, and Weather
- San Diego Air & Space Museum Gillespie Field Annex
- (PDF), effective December 12, 2013
- Resources for this airport:
- Administrators Fact Book