Hayward Executive Airport
|Hayward Executive Airport
(former Hayward Army Airfield)
|USGS 2006 orthophoto|
|IATA: HWD – ICAO: KHWD – FAA LID: HWD|
|Owner||City of Hayward|
|Elevation AMSL||52 ft / 16 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Hayward Executive Airport (IATA: HWD, ICAO: KHWD, FAA LID: HWD) is a city owned public airport two miles west of downtown Hayward, in Alameda County, California, United States. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a reliever airport. This general aviation towered airport is near the east shore of San Francisco Bay. It was formerly known as Hayward Air Terminal.
The airport was built in 1942 during World War II for use as a fighter base as an auxiliary field to Chico Army Air Field and was originally named Hayward Army Airfield. The primary aircraft stationed at the field were Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter aircraft. This post may have also been named "Russell City Army Air Field" for the unincorporated area outside of the Hayward city limits where it was located. The airfield was assigned to the United States Army Air Forces Fourth Air Force.
After the war ended the airport was declared surplus property by the federal government.
In April 1947 the War Assets Administration quitclaimed the airfield, comprising some 690 acres (279 ha) and related buildings and equipment, to the City of Hayward. The airfield was then renamed the Hayward Municipal Airport.
The California Air National Guard moved onto land adjoining the airport in 1949. A control tower was erected in 1960. Initially it was the home of the 61st Fighter Wing which included the 194th Fighter Squadron on June 25, 1948.
The 61st Fighter Wing was re-designated as the 144th Fighter Bomber Wing on November 1, 1950. The wing also consisted of the 192nd Fighter Squadron at Reno, Nevada and the 191st Fighter Squadron at Salt Lake City, Utah.
The North American P-51D Mustang and later the P-51H were flown from 1948 until October 31, 1954. During its early years with the P-51D/H, the unit earned prominence as one of the Air Force's most respected aerial gunnery competitors. In June 1953, while still flying the P-51, the unit qualified for the first all-jet, worldwide gunnery meet. Using borrowed F-86A Sabre jets, the 144th, which represented the Air National Guard, placed fifth in competition.
On April 3, 1955 the 129th Air Resupply Squadron was established at Hayward and equipped with Curtiss C-46D Commandos in the Summer 1955 supplemented by Grumman SA-16A Albatrosses in 1958. The C-46Ds were phased out 1 November 1958, and the unit was redesignated as the 129th Troop Carrier Squadron (Medium). On January 20, 1962 the unit reached Group status with federal recognition of the 129th Troop Carrier Group.
Facilities and aircraft
Hayward Executive Airport covers 543 acres (220 ha) at an elevation of 52 feet (16 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt runways: 10R/28L is 5,694 by 150 feet (1,736 x 46 m) and 10L/28R is 3,107 by 75 feet (947 x 23 m). It has one helipad designated H1 110 by 110 feet (34 x 34 m).
In the year ending October 14, 2010 the airport had 86,069 aircraft operations, an average of 235 per day: 98% general aviation and 2% air taxi. At that time there were 368 aircraft based at this airport: 82% single-engine, 11% multi-engine, 4% jet, and 3% helicopter.
Hayward Executive Airport is now home to the Northern California division of Ameriflight as of September 15, 2012.
The airport plans to build a new administration building. The offices are now in the five-story control tower built in 1961, with Federal Aviation Administration offices in the top 3 floors. The new administration building will be built next to the control tower, and will be a bit under 5,000 square feet. It is expected to cost $2.88 million. Work is expected to begin in May 2013 and end in March 2014.
- List of airports in the San Francisco Bay Area
- List of airports in California
- California World War II Army Airfields
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
- FAA Airport Master Record for HWD ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Hayward Air Terminal Airport". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved May 4, 2009.
- Accident history for Hayward Air Terminal (HWD) at Aviation Safety Network
- Recent weather observations for Hayward Air Terminal (KHWD) at NOAA/NWS
- "Hayward Executive Airport: Historical Timeline". City of Hayward.