War Eagle Field

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War Eagle Field
Part of Army Air Forces Training Command
Lancaster, California
War Eagle Field - California.jpg
2006 USGS airphoto
War Eagle Field is located in California
War Eagle Field
War Eagle Field
Coordinates 34°41′48″N 118°13′38″W / 34.69667°N 118.22722°W / 34.69667; -118.22722Coordinates: 34°41′48″N 118°13′38″W / 34.69667°N 118.22722°W / 34.69667; -118.22722
Type Basic flying training airfield
Site information
Owner United States Army Air Forces
Controlled by USAAF West Coast Training Center
Condition Non-Aviation use
Site history
Built 1941
In use 1941-1945
Events World War II

War Eagle Field is a former airfield located in the Mojave Desert, about 5-mile (8.0 km) west of Lancaster, California. It is currently used as a detention facility.


Polaris Flight Academy, which opened on the field's grounds on July 15, 1941, trained cadets for the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force. (The school also used two auxiliary fields, Liberty Field and Victory Field.) The airfield had two hard-surfaced bituminous runways, one of 3,100' aligned NE/SW (05/23) the other of 2,950' aligned E/W (09/27).

After the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, the flight school began training cadets for the United States Army Air Forces on 28 July 1942, being operated by the Polaris Flight Academy as a contract basic flying school (phase 1). The primary trainer in use was the BT-13 Valiant. Known sub-bases and auxiliaries were:

In 1944, the flight school changed its name to Mira Loma Flight Academy. The airfield inactivated on 1 October 1945, and was declared surplus in 1946. Responsibility for it was given to the War Assets Administration.

Current use[edit]

The land was bought by Los Angeles County. The airfield was converted to a detention facility, and it continues to be used for that purpose.

Many wartime buildings, including two still intact hangars are still in use On the roof of one of the hangars, the name "War Eagle" is still faintly perceptible. Flight operations continue at the airfield with a helicopter pad, used by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • 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
  • www.airfieldsdatabase.com

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