Mesa Del Rey Airport

Mesa Del Rey Airport

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Mesa Del Rey Airport is a public airport located one mile (1.6 km) northeast of King City, serving Monterey County, California, USA. The airport is mostly used for general aviation.


Mesa Del Rey Airport covers and has one runway:
  • Runway 11/29: 4,485 x 100 ft (1,367 x 30 m), Surface: Asphalt


Opened in April 1940 as Palo Alto Airport or King City Airport. Originally had 4,570' NW/SE hard surfaced runway. It was used for most of World War II by the United States Army Air Forces as a primary (level 1) contract pilot training airfield. It also had four local auxiliary airfields for emergency and overflow landings. Pilot training contractor was Palo Alto Airport, Inc. Flying training was performed with Fairchild PT-19s as the primary trainer. It also had several PT-17 Stearmans as well.

Military control of the airport was transferred to the United States Navy in April 1945. It was known as King City Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS). The Navy declared airport surplus on 30 September 1945. Eventually it was discharged to the War Assets Administration (WAA) and became a civil airport.

See also


  • 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,......
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