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United States Marine Corps

Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, CA

San Diego, CA 92145  |  Base Operator: (858) 577-1011, DSN 267-1011

MCAS Miramar: Overview

This installation houses the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3, Marine Aircraft Group 11, Marine Aircraft Group 16, Marine Air Control Group 38, Marine Wing Support Group 37, Marine Aircraft Group 46 and the Combat Aircraft Logistics Company 11.  In the early 1900s, this bases’ land was mainly used for grazing and farming.  Miramar means “view of the sea”.

During World War I, the United States Army utilized the area beginning in 1917, with the purpose of training infantrymen for the battle fields of Europe, as an airstrip was yet not constructed on this base.  Buildings were demolished and the camp was closed on October 20, 1920, after which, Lindbergh used the parade field to practice landings and takeoffs before initiating his famous Atlantic Ocean solo flight.

At the time of World War II, MCAS Miramar was being restored and runways were completed in 1940.  This locality has experienced numerous changes and, presently, MCAS Miramar’s   mission is to support all aircraft operations taking place on the base.  It serves as a critical player in carrying out the Marine Corps’ mission to train, equip and deploy forces when necessary and to respond to crises around the world.

MCAS Miramar: Education

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MCAS Miramar: Location

This base is located about ten miles from downtown San Diego, California.  Other communities in the area include Poway, CA, Santee, CA, La Mesa, CA, Solana Beach, CA, El Cajon, CA, Lemon Grove, CA, Lakeside, CA, Bostonia, CA, Spring Valley, CA, Encinitas, CA, La Presa, CA, Rancho San Diego, CA, Coronado, CA, National City, CA.

MCAS Miramar: Interesting Facts

  • In 1932, the Navy built a mooring mast and hanger at this base which were used for helium dirigibles during the 1930s.
  • In 2006, the San Diego County proposed the development of a commercial airport at MCAS Miramar, however, the proposition was defeated because the public had made the decision that they did not want the military to leave and that the proposed combined use union would increase noise levels to an unbearable point and would get in the way of the needs of the military.
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