Antelope Valley Intermediate Field Site 5, Gorman, CA
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34.79 North / 118.65 West (Northwest of Los Angeles, CA)
Intermediate Field 5B,
as depicted on the 1929 "Rand McNally Standard Map of CA With Air Trails" (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).
Photo of the airfield while open has not been located.
This field was built as one of the Department of Commerce's network of Intermediate Fields,
established along commercial airways to serve as emergency airfields for airliners & airmail planes.
The date of construction of the Antelope Valley field has not been determined.
The earliest reference to the field which has been located
was in the Standard Oil Company's 1929 "Airplane Landing Fields of the Pacific West" (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).
It described the "Antelope Valley Field Site 5" as being a Department of Commerce Emergency field.
The field was said to consist of a 3,000' x 1,000' cleared area.
A 1941 street map (courtesy of Chris Kennedy) depicted a rectangular plot of land labeled "U. S. Airport",
along with a single building along the southeast portion of the field.
No airfield was depicted on the site on a 1946 aeronautical chart,
or on USGS topo maps from 1939, 1943, 1947, 1974, 1975, or 1981.
A 1952 aerial view showed the site was comprised of farm fields,
with no recognizable trace of an airfield.
A single building sat on the southwest corner of the property -
it has not been determined if this building dated from the property's days as an airfield.
The 1994 USGS aerial photo of the site showed that the northern half of the property
had been covered at some point between 1972-94 by a circular irrigation track.
No trace of the airfield was recognizable in a circa 2001 aerial photo.
The site of the Antelope Valley Intermediate Field is located in the extreme northwest corner of Los Angeles County,
northwest of the intersection of Route 138 & 290th Street West.
(Original) Lancaster Airport, Lancaster, CA
34.71 North / 118.15 West (North of Palmdale, CA)
Lancaster Airport, as depicted on the 1929 Rand-McNally Air Trails Map of CA (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).
The original airport for the town of Lancaster was located adjacent to the northwest side of the town.
The date of construction of Lancaster Airport has not been determined.
The earliest depiction of the field which has been located
was on the 1929 Rand-McNally Air Trails Map of CA (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).
It described Lancaster as a municipal airport, operated by the City of Lancaster.
The field was said to measure 2,000' x 1,250'.
The 1929 Airplane Landing Fields of the Pacific West (courtesy of Chris Kennedy)
described Lancaster as a municipal airport, operated by W. B. Carter.
The field was said to consist of 2 dirt runways in an “L” shape: 2,250' east/west & 1,350' north/south.
A hangar on the southeast corner was said to be marked with “Lancaster”.
The earliest photo which has been located of Lancaster Airport was a 1930 photo of a group in front of an unidentified biplane & a hangar.
The 1933 USGS topo map (courtesy of the CA State University, via Chris Kennedy)
depicted the Lancaster “Landing Field” as having being oriented east/west & north/south.
Lancaster was depicted as a commercial or municipal airport on the June 1940 LA Sectional Chart (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).
The Airport Directory Company's 1941 Airport Directory (courtesy of Chris Kennedy) described Lancaster as a commercial airport.
The field was said to consist of 2 sand runways in an “L” shape: 2,600' east/west & 2,000' north/south.
The Lancaster Airport may have been temporarily closed at some point between 1941-44
(like many other small civilian airports near the coasts due to wartime security concerns),
as it was not listed among active airfields in the April 1944 US Army/Navy Directory of Airfields (courtesy of Ken Mercer).
The August 1945 USAAF Pilot's Handbook (courtesy of Chris Kennedy)
depicted Lancaster Airport as having 2 runways: east/west & northeast/southwest.
The original Lancaster Airport, as depicted on the 1947 USGS topo map.
An 11/20/48 USGS aerial photo depicted Lancaster Airport as having 4 unpaved runways, and 8 single-engine light planes & a few small buildings on the southeast side.
The last chart depiction which has been located of the original Lancaster Airport as an active airfield
was on the February 1949 LA Sectional Chart (courtesy of Dan MacPherson).
It depicted Lancaster as having a 4,300' unpaved runway.
The original Lancaster Airport was evidently closed at some point between 1949-52,
as it was no longer depicted at all on the 1952 Flight Chart (according to Chris Kennedy).
In a 1952 aerial view looking north at the town of Lancaster,
the western half of several runways of the Lancaster Airport could still be seen (top-left of picture),
but it appears as if new roads had already covered the eastern portion of the former airport.
A 1953 aerial photo showed the original Lancaster Airport having 3 dirt runways,
as well as 2 much smaller runways to the northeast (a predecessor field?).
There did not appear to be any aircraft on the field.
Patrick Ryan recalled, “The old Lancaster Airport at 10th Street West & Avenue I still had aircraft on it in mid-1954.
I remember seeing my first T-6 Texan in a dark blue paint job & other civil aircraft.”
Don Hyneman recalled, “A few years later that [the original Lancaster Airport] became housing tracts & Desert View Elementary School.
I used to walk there from the new housing tract near 10th Street West & Avenue H-8 (all dirt in the 1952 picture).
We moved in our new house in March 1955.
I always wondered why there was this nice flat dirt road at such an odd angle.”
In the 1959 aerial photo, not a trace was still recognizable of the former Lancaster Airport,
as the site had been filled in with dense housing.
The 1959 USGS topo map also depicted new streets covering the airport site.
A 2006 aerial photo, annotated by Chris Kennedy to show the outline of the former Lancaster Airport.
The site of the original Lancaster Airport is located northwest of the intersection of Sierra Highway & West Avenue I.