General William J. Fox Airfield

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
General Wm. J. Fox Airfield
Kluft-photo-Lancaster-Fox-Field-Feb-2008-Img 0428.jpg
Fox Field (February 2008)
Airport typePublic
OwnerCounty of Los Angeles
ServesLancaster, California
Elevation AMSL2,351 ft / 717 m
Coordinates34°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
WJF is located in California
Location of airport in California
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 7,201 2,195 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations81,851
Based aircraft157

General William J. Fox Airfield (IATA: WJF, ICAO: KWJF, FAA LID: WJF) is a county-owned, public airport in Los Angeles County, California,[1] five miles northwest of Lancaster, California, United States.[1] Locally known as Fox Field, the airport serves the Antelope Valley. The airport is named after William J. Fox, "a Marine war hero, a movie stunt man, the first Los Angeles County engineer and, for 20 years after his retirement, a cowboy,".[2]

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a general aviation facility.[3] The airport has limited scheduled cargo operations. The U.S. Forest Service has a fixed wing airtanker and helicopter 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).[4] 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 Hollywood Burbank Airport) on a daily basis as well as operating Martin 4-0-4 and DC-3 prop aircraft on flights to LAX.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] Also in 1968, Cable Commuter Airlines was operating de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter service to LAX.[8] 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.[9] By 1983, Mojave Airlines was operating flights to LAX, San Diego, Ontario and Mammoth Yosemite Airport with Beechcraft C99 turboprops.[10] In 1985, commuter air carrier Desert Sun Airlines was operating up to five flights a day nonstop to LAX with Beechcraft 99 turboprops.[11]

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


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]

Airlines and destinations[edit]




  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Form 5010 for WJF PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "William J. Fox, 95, a War Hero, Engineer, Stunt Man and Cowboy". obituary. New York Times. April 17, 1993. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on 2012-09-27. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^, April 28, 1957 Southwest Airways system timetable
  5. ^, July 1, 1959 Pacific Air Lines system timetable
  6. ^, April 24, 1960 Pacific Air Lines system timetable
  7. ^, July 1, 1968 Air West system timetable
  8. ^, Dec. 1, 1968 Cable Commuter Airlines system timetable
  9. ^, July 1, 1972 Hughes Airwest system timetable
  10. ^, 1983 Mojave Airlines timetable
  11. ^, Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide (OAG), LAX schedules

External links[edit]