Hayward Executive Airport

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Hayward Executive Airport

(former Hayward Army Air Field)
Hayward Executive Airport - California.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Hayward
ServesHayward, California
Elevation AMSL52 ft / 16 m
Coordinates37°39′32″N 122°07′18″W / 37.65889°N 122.12167°W / 37.65889; -122.12167Coordinates: 37°39′32″N 122°07′18″W / 37.65889°N 122.12167°W / 37.65889; -122.12167
FAA diagram
FAA diagram
HWD is located in California
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10R/28L 5,694 1,736 Asphalt
10L/28R 3,107 947 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 110 34 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations86,069
Based aircraft368

Hayward Executive Airport (IATA: HWD, ICAO: KHWD, FAA LID: HWD) is a municipal airport in Hayward, California.[1] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a reliever airport.[2] The towered airport near the east shore of San Francisco Bay was formerly the Hayward Air Terminal.[3][4]


The airport was built in 1942 during World War II as an auxiliary field to Chico Army Air Field and was originally Hayward Army Air Field. The primary aircraft were Lockheed P-38 Lightnings. This post may have also been named "Russell City Army Air Field" for the unincorporated area outside of the Hayward city limits where it was located. The airfield was assigned to the United States Army Air Forces Fourth Air Force.

After the war the airport was declared surplus. In April 1947 the War Assets Administration quitclaimed the airfield, comprising some 690 acres (279 ha) and related buildings and equipment, to the City of Hayward. The airfield was then renamed Hayward Municipal Airport.[5]

The California Air National Guard moved onto land adjoining the airport in 1949. Initially it was the home of the 61st Fighter Wing which included the 194th Fighter Squadron on June 25, 1948.

The 61st Fighter Wing was re-designated as the 144th Fighter Bomber Wing on November 1, 1950. The wing also consisted of the 192nd Fighter Squadron at Reno, Nevada and the 191st Fighter Squadron at Salt Lake City, Utah.

The North American P-51D Mustang and later the P-51H were flown from 1948 until October 31, 1954. During its early years with the P-51D/H, the unit earned prominence as one of the Air Force's most respected aerial gunnery competitors. In June 1953, while still flying the P-51, the unit qualified for the first all-jet, worldwide gunnery meet. Using borrowed F-86A Sabre jets, the 144th, which represented the Air National Guard, placed fifth in competition. This unit later relocated to Fresno Air Terminal and is now the 144th Fighter Wing of the California Air National Guard at Fresno Air National Guard Base.

On April 3, 1955 the 129th Air Resupply Squadron was established at Hayward and equipped with Curtiss C-46D Commandos in the Summer 1955 supplemented by Grumman SA-16A Albatrosses in 1958. The C-46Ds were phased out 1 November 1958, and the unit was redesignated as the 129th Troop Carrier Squadron (Medium). A control tower was built in 1960 and on January 20, 1962, the unit reached Group status with federal recognition of the 129th Troop Carrier Group.

On May 1, 1980 the remaining California Air National Guard units at Hayward were reassigned to Naval Air Station Moffett Field near San Jose. Today, this unit is the 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Federal Airfield.


The airport covers 543 acres (220 ha) at an elevation of 52 feet (16 m). It has two asphalt runways: 10R/28L is 5,694 by 150 feet (1,736 x 46 m) and 10L/28R is 3,107 by 75 feet (947 x 23 m). It has one helipad, H1, 110 by 110 feet (34 x 34 m).[1]

In the year ending October 14, 2010 the airport had 86,069 aircraft operations, average 235 per day: 98% general aviation and 2% air taxi. 368 aircraft were then based at the airport: 82% single-engine, 11% multi-engine, 4% jet, and 3% helicopter.[1]

Hayward Executive Airport is home to the Northern California division of Ameriflight as of September 15, 2012.

The airport plans to build a new administration building. The offices are now in the five-story control tower built in 1961, with Federal Aviation Administration offices in the top three floors. The new administration building will be next to the control tower and will be a bit under 5,000 square feet. It was expected to cost $2.88 million. Work was expected to begin in May 2013 and end in March 2014.[6]


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  • Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Form 5010 for HWD PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
  3. ^ Accident history for Hayward Air Terminal (HWD) at Aviation Safety Network
  4. ^ Recent weather observations for Hayward Air Terminal (KHWD) at NOAA/NWS
  5. ^ "Hayward Executive Airport: Historical Timeline" (PDF). City of Hayward. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-30.
  6. ^ "Citywise: Oakland festival will continue with shorter hours, booze restriction". 22 March 2013.

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