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    McClellan Airfield (McClellan AFB) CA United States

McClellan Airfield was located in the North Highlands area of Sacramento County, seven miles northeast of Sacramento. Also known as Sacramento Air Depot (SAD), McClellan Airfield and finally McClellan Air Force Base (McClellan AFB) between 1948 until closure. Today is known as McClellan Park.

Built during 1935-1938. At the time, It was one of only four Air Depot locations in the United States.

Sacramento Air Depot (SAD)
Known as the Pacific Air Depot during 1935 - February 1, 1937. Next, named Sacramento Air Depot (SAD) or Sacramento Army Air Depot (SAAD) and underwent a major expansion as a repair and overhaul facility for Army fighter aircraft in an assembly line format.

Naming Honors
On December 1, 1939 named "McClellan Airfield" in honor of Major Hezekiah McClellan, a pioneer in arctic aeronautical tests who died on May 25, 1936 in a P-30 crash near Centerville, Ohio.

Wartime History
During the war, serviced factory new aircraft including P-38, P-39, P-40, B-26 and B-17 aircraft, to outfit them with armament or equipment for combat service, including most aircraft assigned to the Pacific Theater. During March 1942, the B-25 Mitchells used in the "Doolittie Raid" were armed and serviced here, and practiced takeoff from Yolo County Airport, used to simulate the flight deck of the USS Hornet.

American units based at McClellan
Materiel Division, United States Army Air Corps, 24 August 1938 - 11 December 1941
Air Service Command, 11 December 1941 - 17 July 1944
Army Air Forces Materiel and Services Command, 17 July 1944 - 31 August 1944
Army Air Forces Technical Service Command, 31 August 1944 - 1 July 1945
Air Technical Service Command, 1 July 1945 - 9 March 1946
Air Materiel Command, 9 March 1946 - 1 April 1961
Air Force Logistics Command, 1 April 1961 - 1 July 1992
Air Force Materiel Command, 1 July 1992 - 13 July 2001

Storage base for B-29 Superfortresses. Renamed McClellan Air Force Base (McClellan ADB) during 1948.

In 1995, McClellan AFB was selected for closure as a result of BRAC and officially closed on July 13, 2001. Portions of the former base and surrounding area were converted into a business park "McClellan Park".

Since then, McClellan's air traffic control tower remains standing, but was deactivated following the closure of McClellan AFB. However, the airfield's navigational aids remain operational. McClellan Airfield now operates as an uncontrolled (non-towered) joint civil-military airfield with various mixed-use tenants as part of McClellan Park.

Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento (CGAS Sacramento) operate at HC-130 Hercules AAFES BX, a commissary and VA Hospital, which are the only remaining military installation on the airfield.

Aerospace Museum of California (McClellan Aviation Museum)
Located at the base with a collection of post war jets, aviation memorabilia, etc.

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Last Updated
November 1, 2019


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