General William J. Fox Airfield

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General Wm. J. Fox Airfield
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Fox Field (February 2008)
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
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 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. An Antelope Valley Hospital aeromedical helicopter is based at the airport as well. Fox Field is also the home of the Milestones of Flight Aviation Museum.

On August 13, 2009, a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter made a hard landing at the airfield during a training exercise.[3][4]

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).[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[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] 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 airline flights.


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]


  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. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "LAPD helicopter makes hard landing". KABC-TV. August 13, 2009. 
  5. ^, April 28, 1957 Southwest Airways system timetable
  6. ^, July 1, 1959 Pacific Air Lines system timetable
  7. ^, April 24, 1960 Pacific Air Lines system timetable
  8. ^, July 1, 1968 Air West system timetable
  9. ^, July 1, 1972 Hughes Airwest system timetable
  10. ^, Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide (OAG), LAX schedules

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