Delano Municipal Airport
|Delano Municipal Airport
Delano Army Airfield
USGS aerial photo as of 2006
|Owner||City of Delano|
|Elevation AMSL||314 ft / 96 m|
Facilities and aircraft
In the year ending January 23, 2006 the airport had 19,000 aircraft operations, an average of 52 per day, all of which were general aviation. There are 44 aircraft based at this airport: 68% single engine, 5% multi-engine and 27% helicopters.
Delano Airport opened in April 1940. It was built by the Federal Government with monies appropriated by Congress for Development of Landing Areas for National Defense (DLAND) after World War II broke out. It was built by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA).
In late 1943 the United States Army Air Forces acquired usage rights to the airport. It was placed under the jurisdiction of the IV Fighter Command. The 481st Night Fighter Operational Training Group (NFOTG) used the faciity, named Delano Army Airfield as part of the Army Air Forces Night Fighter School which had transferred from Florida to Hammer Field, California. Delano was used as an auxiliary training airfield and the school operated a combination of modified Douglas A-20 Havocs for night fighter operations, designated P-70, and new prototype YP-61 Black Widow purpose-built night fighters
Between 31 March and 15 June 1944 the 426th Night Fighter Squadron trained at Delano; the 548th Night Fighter Squadron between June and September 1944. In addition, flights of P-61s from the 427th, 547th, 549th and 550th Night Fighter Squadrons moved in and out of Delano AAF during 1944 as part of their training prior to being deployed to combat units, primarily in the Pacific and CBI theaters.
In December 1944 the 481st NFOTG was inactivated as part of an AAF reorganization. Delano Field was transferred over to the jurisdiction of Air Technical Service Command on 10 December. It was placed on standby status and the airport was only used for emergency, being under the control of Hammer Field.
With the end of the war, the base was declared excess to requirements and returned to civil control.
Delano has had almost no scheduled airline flights, but did appear in the OAG circa 1969.
- FAA Airport Master Record for DLO ( PDF), effective 2007-07-05
- Great Circle Mapper: KDLO - Delano, California (Delano Municipal Airport)