Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Condor Field No. 3
(Rocket Target No. 100)
On April 17, 1942, the Department of Interior (DOI) withdrew 7,920 acres on behalf of the Defense Plant Corporation (PLANCOR). In 1944, the PLANCOR issued a permit to the Navy to assume custody of the 800-acre parcel located on Coyote Dry Lake which was part of the original withdrawal. In addition to this 800-acre portion, the Navy acquired use of an additional 640 acres from DOI through an unknown means and at an unknown time. Therefore, the Navy acquired a total of 1440 acres on Coyote Dry Lake.

Prior to the Navy's acquisition and during PLANCOR's control of the site, the Army sponsored a glider pilot and fighter pilot training school at the site, known as Condor Field No. 1. The school was operated by Twentynine Palms Air Academy, a contractor to the PLANCOR. It consisted of a main field and three auxiliary fields, one of which was Condor Field No. 3 located on Coyote Dry Lake. When the Army no longer had a need to train pilots, the Navy requested custody of the Condor Field No. 3 site. The Navy established the Naval Auxiliary Air Station Twentynine Palms.
Gunnery and bombing ranges were the main mission of this naval establishment. The Navy established a rocket firing target at Condor Field No. 3. The only known military improvements constructed on the site were a target and water well.

By October 1946, the Navy had cancelled the permit with the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC was the successor to the PLANCOR) governing use of the site. The RFC declared the property surplus in 1946 and turned the site over to the War Assets Administration for disposal. The Condor Field No. 3 property was returned to the Department of Interior in 1948. The property is now completely idle.

Some of the land is still managed by the DOI and some is held privately. The site enjoys occasional recreational usage by off-road vehicle enthusiasts. No military improvements remain at the site.
Source: US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District
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