General William J. Fox Airfield

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General Wm. J. Fox Airfield
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Fox Field (February 2008)
IATA: WJFICAO: KWJFFAA LID: WJF
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner County of Los Angeles
Serves Lancaster, California
Elevation AMSL 2,351 ft / 717 m
Coordinates 34°44′28″N 118°13′07″W / 34.74111°N 118.21861°W / 34.74111; -118.21861Coordinates: 34°44′28″N 118°13′07″W / 34.74111°N 118.21861°W / 34.74111; -118.21861
Map
WJF is located in California
WJF
WJF
Location of airport in California
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 7,201 2,195 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 81,851
Based aircraft 157

General William J. Fox Airfield (IATA: WJFICAO: KWJFFAA LID: WJF) is a county owned, public airport in Los Angeles County, California,[1] five miles northwest of Lancaster, California.[1] Locally known as Fox Field, the airport serves the Antelope Valley.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a general aviation facility.[2] The airport has limited scheduled cargo operations. The U.S. Forest Service has a fixed wing airtanker base on the airfield which becomes one of the main hubs in the region for aerial firefighting suppression efforts during fire season.

Historical airline service[edit]

Fox Field had scheduled passenger air service as early as the late 1950s operated by Southwest Airways with Douglas DC-3 aircraft primarily to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).[3] Southwest Airways then changed its name to Pacific Air Lines which in 1959 was operating new Fairchild F-27 turboprops from the airport nonstop to Las Vegas and also to Burbank Airport (BUR, now Bob Hope Airport) on a daily basis as well as operating Martin 4-0-4 and DC-3 prop aircraft on flights to LAX.[4] By 1960, Pacific was operating daily F-27 propjet flights to San Francisco (SFO) from Fox Field via a stop in Bakersfield and also nonstop to LAX.[5] In 1968, Pacific Air Lines merged with Bonanza Air Lines and West Coast Airlines to form Air West which in turn continued to serve the airport with F-27 flights to LAX.[6] Also in 1968, Cable Commuter Airlines was operating de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter service to LAX.[7] Air West then changed its name to Hughes Airwest which continued to operate scheduled passenger service with the Fairchild F-27 turboprop primarily to Los Angeles International Airport during the early 1970s with several nonstop flights a day.[8] By 1983, Mojave Airlines was operating flights to LAX, San Diego, Ontario and Mammoth Yosemite Airport with Beechcraft C99 turboprops.[9] In 1985, commuter air carrier Desert Sun Airlines was operating up to five flights a day nonstop to LAX with Beechcraft 99 turboprops.[10]

Fox Field currently does not have any scheduled passenger flights with the nearest airline service being available at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.

Facilities[edit]

General William J. Fox Airfield covers 1,217 acres (493 ha) at an elevation of 2,351 feet (717 m) above sea level. Its one runway, 6/24, is 7,201 by 150 feet (2,195 x 46 m) asphalt.[1]

In the year ending August 10, 2011 the airport had 81,851 aircraft operations, average 224 per day: 97% general aviation, 2% air taxi, and 1% military. 157 aircraft were then based at this airport: 89% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, 2% helicopter, and 1% jet.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for WJF (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, April 28, 1957 Southwest Airways system timetable
  4. ^ http://www.timertableimages.com, July 1, 1959 Pacific Air Lines system timetable
  5. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, April 24, 1960 Pacific Air Lines system timetable
  6. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, July 1, 1968 Air West system timetable
  7. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Dec. 1, 1968 Cable Commuter Airlines system timetable
  8. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, July 1, 1972 Hughes Airwest system timetable
  9. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, 1983 Mojave Airlines timetable
  10. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide (OAG), LAX schedules

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