Los Alamitos Army Airfield

Los Alamitos Army Airfield

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Los Alamitos Army Airfield (ICAO: KSLI, FAA LID: SLI) is a military airport located one mile (2 km) southeast of central Los Alamitos, and within its city limits, in Orange County, California, USA. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, due to what the United States Navy perceived as a hostile attitude on the part of the City of Long Beach regarding improvements and maintenance of Long Beach Airport (then both a municipal airport and Naval Reserve air station), and unknown to city officials at the time, the Navy had begun a survey for a more suitable site for flight operations. Admiral Ernest J. King, then the Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics, and Admirals William D. Leahy, Joseph K. Taussig, and Allen E. Smith pointedly demanded that the City of Long Beach repair the hazardous runways at Long Beach Airport and simply reminded the city that the Pacific Fleet, then laying offshore in both Long Beach and San Pedro harbors, had a payroll of over US$1 million per month. That sum being quite a lot of money at the time, the city complied with the Navy's demands.show more

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  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14mm | 363g
  • Culp Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6134932760
  • 9786134932769