Hancock Field (California)
1943 USAAF photo
|Serves||Santa Maria, California|
Hancock Field is a former airport and military airfield about 2 miles (3.2 km) south-southeast of Santa Maria, California. Also known as Santa Maria Municipal Airport, the airport was closed about 1959 and today is the site of Allan Hancock College.
Hancock Field was founded in 1927 by Captain Allan Hancock and became the community's airport the following year. The Hancock Foundation College of Aeronautics was established in 1928. Ten-week classes were offered prospective pilot candidates, with successful individuals becoming licensed pilots. The first students graduated in 1929.
During World War II the United States Army Air Forces contracted with the Hancock Foundation College of Aeronautics to provide basic flight (level 1) instruction to aviation cadets beginning on 14 September 1940. Known sub-bases and auxiliaries:
- Santa Maria Auxiliary Field
- La Brea Auxiliary Field
- Mckinnon Auxiliary Field (Undetermined)
- Souza Auxiliary Field
- Waller-Franklin Auxiliary Field
Fairchild PT-19s were the primary trainer used. Performed contract training until 27 June 1944 with the drawdown of AAFTC's pilot training program.
Private flight training continued until the late 1950s when the airfield was closed.
- Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
- Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC