Eastern Sierra Regional Airport

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Eastern Sierra Regional Airport
Bishop Army Airfield
Eastern Sierra Regional Airport - USGS topo.jpg
USGS aerial photo as of 2006
WMO: 72480
Airport type Public
Owner City of Los Angeles
Department of Public Works
Operator Inyo County
Serves Bishop, California
Location Inyo County, east of Bishop
Elevation AMSL 4,124 ft / 1,257 m
Coordinates 37°22′23″N 118°21′49″W / 37.37306°N 118.36361°W / 37.37306; -118.36361Coordinates: 37°22′23″N 118°21′49″W / 37.37306°N 118.36361°W / 37.37306; -118.36361
KBIH is located in California
Direction Length Surface
ft m
7/25 5,566 1,697 Asphalt
12/30 7,498 2,285 Asphalt
16/34 5,600 1,707 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 40 12 Asphalt
H2 100 30 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 26,000
Based aircraft 64

Eastern Sierra Regional Airport (IATA: BIHICAO: KBIHFAA LID: BIH) is two miles east of Bishop, in Inyo County, California. It is owned by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works and operated by Inyo County.[1]


The airport covers 830 acres (340 ha) at an elevation of 4,124 ft (1,257 m). It has three asphalt runways: 7/25 is 5,566 by 100 ft (1,697 by 30 m); 12/30 is 7,498 by 100 ft (2,285 by 30 m); 16/34 is 5,600 by 100 ft (1,707 by 30 m). It has two helipads: H1 is 40 by 40 ft (12 by 12 m) and H2 is 100 by 100 ft (30 by 30 m).[1]

In the year ending October 23, 2006 the airport had 26,000 aircraft operations, average 71 per day: 88% general aviation and 12% military. 64 aircraft were then based at the airport: 81% single-engine, 13% multi-engine, 2% jet and 5% glider.[1]

Military use[edit]

The airfield opened in April 1940 on 897.22 acres (363.09 ha) subleased from Inyo County. During World War II it was known as Bishop Army Airfield and was a sub-base to Muroc Army Airfield in 1942 and 1943 for Fourth Air Force. The site was used for aircraft flight and ordnance delivery training. In 1943 it was reassigned to Tonopah Army Airfield, Nevada. Aircraft maintenance was also done, and ordnance storage.

After the end of World War II, Bishop AAF was turned over to Air Technical Service Command as a storage airfield. On 2 May 1949, Army cancelled its initial lease of 897.22 acres (363.09 ha) with Inyo County for Bishop Airport under the War Assets Administration's Peacetime Reduction Mission, and the base was declared excess to requirements and returned to civil control.

The USAF subleased from Inyo County runway use rights and a heliport area of 4.76 acres (1.93 ha) known as the Bishop Test Site from 15 November 1965 to 19 June 1971 and from 25 November 1980 to 30 September 1985. The Air Force used the heliport area and runway for performance testing of helicopters and other aircraft. The DoD facilities included runway expansion, fuel facilities, utilities, buildings, aircraft maintenance, hospital and barracks. Today, the airport is owned by the City of Los Angeles, California and leased to Inyo County.

Airline use[edit]

Sierra Pacific Airlines operated here during the 1970s.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for BIH (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-09-25.
  2. ^ "The Primal Man Crash". Check-Six. April 26, 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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