Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfield
Naval Outlying Field Jacumba
(Jacumba Airport)
US Army Corps of Engineers History
LOCATION: The Jacumba Airport site is located approximately 1.5 miles east of the town of Jacumba, California, on the south side of u.s. Highway 80. The landing strip runs east-west and is adjacent to the U.S./ Mexico border.

SITE HISTORY: The U.S. Navy acquired this site through condemnation on 15 July 1941. The Navy constructed a dirt airstrip and a windsock on the site. The airstrip was used by the Navy as an emergency landing field for military aircraft until 1947. The airstrip and property were declared excess to the immediate needs of the Eleventh Naval District, San Diego, by letter of 13 February 1947 from the Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics to the Chief of Naval Operations. It was recommended that the airstrip be made available for leasing, subject to the joint use of the Navy for landing purposes in common with the lessee. The Navy subsequently entered into a lease agreement with the County of San Diego for their use of the airstrip on 25 August 1947.
The County of San Diego leased the airstrip on a yearly basis until 1953. The U.S. General Services Administration declared the Jacumba Airport property surplus on 16 June 1953. On 7 July 1953, the County of San Diego applied to transfer the property from the Navy to the County. The General Services Administration executed a Quitclaim Deed on 14 August 1953 transferring the 113.2 acres of property to the County of San Diego. The airport property is still owned and operated by the County.
Source: Los Angeles District, US Army Corps of Engineers
Extract, Army Air Forces Directory of Airfields, January 1945


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