Napa County Airport
|Napa County Airport
Napa Army Airfield
|2006 USGS Photo|
|IATA: APC – ICAO: KAPC – FAA LID: APC|
|Airport type||Public Public Works|
|Location||Napa County, near Napa, California|
|Elevation AMSL||35 ft / 11 m|
During 2008 the airport's 1960-era control tower received extensive radio, plumbing and electrical upgrades and renovations funded by the federal government. Airport officials said the airport had about 122,000 flights take off or land at the facility annually.
The airport was built by the United States Army Air Forces about 1942, and was known as Napa Flight Strip. It was an emergency landing airfield for military aircraft on training flights. It was expanded later in the war and renamed Napa Army Airfield, becoming an auxiliary airfield of the Fourth Air Force Hamilton Army Airfield. 4th Air Force used the base to train replacement fighter pilots, primarily flying P-38 Lightnings before being deployed overseas.
After World War II the property was deeded to Napa County by the War Assets Administration for civil use. The airport soon became a business hub for what was once a rural, sparsely populated area in the south end of the county. Jonesy's Restaurant opened for business in 1946 at the airport and was a longtime favorite. The restaurant remained in business for 63 years before closing in 2010. By 1947 half a dozen small businesses had opened at the facility but only Bridgeford Flying Service remained open past the first year and remains in business today. In 2012 the name was changed from Bridgeford Flying Service to Napa Jet Center. In 1971 International Air Services Company (IASCO) and Japan Airlines opened a flight training school at the airport. In June 2010 Japan Airlines announced that it would be closing its training facility as part of a bankruptcy reorganization plan. In February 2012 IASCO announced that it would be moving its training facility to Redding, California in early March.
- Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
- "Napa County Airport". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
- KERANA TODOROV In the air above Napa The Napa Valley Register. 2008-08-22.
- Ford, Jim. Gearing up for war. The Napa Valley Register. 2007-10-22.
- Treleven, Mike. Business benchmarks: Jonesy’s Famous Steak House. The Napa Valley Register. 2007-05-12.
- Treleven, Mike Jonesy's Restaurant closes for business. The Napa Valley Register. 2010-08-17.
- Stanley, Pat Napa airport is big business. The Napa Valley Register 2003-06-07.
- HUFFMAN, JENNIFER Japan Airlines to leave Napa The Napa Valley Register 2010-15-06
- Yune, Howard Flight school to leave Napa airport The Napa Valley Register 2012-02-24
- Napa Valley Airport (official site)
- (PDF), effective April 3, 2014
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