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Coordinates: 36°01′46.58″N 119°03′45.8320″W / 36.0296056°N 119.06273111°W / 36.0296056; -119.06273111

Porterville Municipal Airport
Porterville Municipal Airport CA - 4 sep 1994.jpg
4 September 1994
IATA: PTVICAO: KPTVFAA: PTV
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Porterville, California
Location Porterville, California
Elevation AMSL 442 ft / 134 m
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 5,908 1,801

Porterville Municipal Airport (IATA: PTVICAO: KPTVFAA LID: PTV) is a general aviation airport located 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Porterville, California.

It is owned and operated by the city of Porterville, California.

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History

The airport was opened in september 1942 as Porterville Army Airfield and was used by the United States Army Air Forces Fourth Air Force as a training base during World War II. It was a sub-base to Lemoore AAF, being used as a pilot training facility. Improvements to the site included a fueling system utilizing nine underground storage tanks. These tanks were filled and abandoned in place. Also located on site are ten fueling pits, which are presently unused. The field had the Air Echelon element from the Western Signal Aviation Unit Training Center at Camp Pinedale.

At the end of the war the airfield was determined to be excess by the military and turned over to the local government for civil use. The War Assets Administration disposed of the property between 1948 and 1953. In 1948 835 acres (3.38 km2) were returned to Porterville. The remaining land was sold to the Tulare Co Housing Authority.

See also

References

  • Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Publisher: Pictorial Histories Pub, ISBN 1575100517

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