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Kern County Airport, Bakersfield, CA, Ca. 1931 (Source: Webmaster)
Kern County Airport, Bakersfield, CA, Ca. 1931 (Source: Webmaster)

Kern County Airport was located four miles northwest of Bakersfield, CA. At left, from this REFERENCE, page 14, is a description of the airfield in 1931. From the description, we can orient the aerial photo below as being taken from the northwest looking southeast. The alulminum-painted tanks from the description are clearly visible in this aerial shot. The "noticable bump" referred to convective turbulance set up by hot air rising from the sun-heated tops of the oil tanks. Bakersfield and surrounds were heavily populated with oil derricks and facilities during the early 20th century.

The southeast corner is where the buildings and hangars were located. We can barely see them in the aerial view. The northeast corner, where the water tower and revolving beacon were, is cut off the image.








Kern County Airport, Bakersfield, CA, Ca. 1933 (Source: Webmaster)
Kern County Airport, Bakersfield, CA, Ca. 1933 (Source: Webmaster)


The image right, from this REFERENCE, page 18, shows the airport ca. 1933. It was a square 160 acres in area. It had four oiled runways, 1,800 N/S, 2,200 ft. E/W, 3,700 ft. NW/SE and 3,000 ft. NE/SW (note: the text of the airport description from the reference above identifies the length of the NW/SE runway as 3,700 ft. The image, right, shows it at 3,600 ft.).

Day markings consisted of the standard circle at the intersection of the runways and "KERN COUNTY AIRPORT" painted on the hangar roof. Night operations were aided by flood, boundary and approach lights, as well as an illuminated cone on the tower, and a 24" rotating beacon with green code beacon flashing "B".

There was telephone (number: 3488) and weather reports on the field. Boeing Aircraft Corporation maintained radio station KQX. Hotels were located in the city and a restaurant was on the field. Taxi fare was 50 cents to downtown Bakersfield.

There were no landing or floodlighting fees, and fuel, oil and hangars were available day or night.

Local operators on the field were Cardiff & Peacock, who provided photography, dusting and flight training, and the Kern County School of Aviation, which provided flight instruction.

Below, from this REFERENCE, page 13, is a description of the airfield ca. 1937.

Kern County Airport, Bakersfield, CA, Ca. 1937 (Source: Webmaster)
Kern County Airport, Bakersfield, CA, Ca. 1937 (Source: Webmaster)



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Who Went to Bakersfield?
Three pilots who landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield called Bakersfield their Homebase.
No pilots arrived at Davis-Monthan Airfield from Bakersfield, and none listed it as their final Destination.
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