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McClellan AFB, CA

Sacramento, CA 95652  |  Base Operator: N/A

McClellan AFB: Overview

McClellan AFB fell victim to base closure on July 13, 2001. Shortly thereafter, parts of the property were developed for use by the private sector. The air traffic control tower at McClellan AFB is no longer being utilized, but still remains intact. On the other hand, the navigational aids, which deliver a bevy of information to aircraft, are still active. The remaining assets of the property, which basically consist of runways, hangers, and so forth, are operated concurrently by both civilian and military authorities. The entities that now conduct activities on the property include the Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, the Aerospace Museum of California, and the Pacific Region Campus for the National Civilian Community Corps.

McClellan AFB: Education

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McClellan AFB: Location

This former United States Air Force Base is located in the North Highlands about seven miles northeast of Sacramento, California.  Other communities in the area include:  West Sacramento, CA, Rosemont, CA, La Riviera, CA, Florin, CA, Rio Linda, CA, Carmichael, CA, Rancho Cordova, CA, Foothill Farms, CA, Fair Oaks, CA, Davis, CA, Elk Grove, CA, Citrus Heights, CA, Orangevale, CA, Roseville, CA and the center point of each of these cities is about sixteen miles of Sacramento.

McClellan AFB: Interesting Facts

  • The base was named after Major Hezekiah McClellan, who was a pioneer in terms of arctic aeronautical testing. Major McClellan was killed in 1936 in a test flight.
  • This installation was called the Pacific Air Depot in 1935, the Sacramento Air Depot in 1937 and McClellan Field in 1939.
  • Colonel Jimmy Doolittle and his Raiders arrived at McClellan in early 1942 in order to prepare for the Tokyo Raid. The actual carrier takeoff techniques utilized in the mission were honed at an airstrip at another location nearby.
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