Naval Air Station Pasco
|Naval Air Station Pasco|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Elevation AMSL||407 ft / 124.1 m|
The United States Navy built a naval air training station in the early 1940s at the site of Pasco Airport for World War II. During the first part of the war, the field was used to train beginning pilots for combat training. During the last half of the war, the mission shifted to training established pilots returning from battle in the use of newer aircraft. After the war, the Navy sold the field to the city of Pasco, but still retains training privileges. Several Navy aircraft, especially the P-3 Orion, use the field for landing and take-off training.
On June 9, 2011, the Port of Pasco Commissioners agreed to preserve the old Navy-built control tower located on the East side of the Tri-Cities Airport, Pasco. A non-profit group has been formed to help the preservation and upkeep of the tower.
- "Pasco Commissioners vote to save Pasco NAS Control Tower". Retrieved July 13, 2011.