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WILLCOX, AZ

Willcox, AZ, Ca. 1931 (Source: Webmaster)
Willcox, AZ, Ca. 1931 (Source: Webmaster)

 

Willcox, AZ lies about 120 miles ENE of Tucson. Only a few Register pilots mentioned it. No landings recorded in the Register at Tucson cited Willcox, AZ as their home base. Six pilots arrived at Tucson from Willcox and one identified it as his final destination. The main link with Tucson today is Interstate 10.

At right, from this REFERENCE, page 86, a description of the airfield from 1931.

 

Below, ffrom this REFERENCE, page 9, a description of the airfield from 1937 This 1937 guide, however, is slightly behind the times. Originally founded as Wilcox in 1855, when Willcox was incorporated in 1915 the spelling was changed from Wilcox with only one L to Willcox with two Ls.

Willcox, AZ, Ca. 1937 (Source: Webmaster)
Willcox, AZ, Ca. 1937 (Source: Webmaster)

Below, a Google Earth image of Willcox, AZ and environs. The location of the 1937 airfield, as specified by the lat/long coordinates cited in the description above, is in the lower third of what today is the city of Willcox.

Willcox, AZ, Ca. 2010 (Source: Google Earth)
Willcox, AZ, Ca. 2010 (Source: Google Earth)

These coordinates are suspicious, because both descriptions locate the airfield west of town; the 1931 placing it 3/4 mile west and the 1937 description has it adjoining the city on the west. There must have been a lot of growth in that six-year period. Likewise, there is no mention of railroad tracks in either description. The track bed, which was there in the 1930s, lies just southeast of the lat/long point. Surely the the tracks would have been mentioned in the descriptions as a landmark. Regardless, the Cochise County Airport does lie west of the city, about three miles west, as shown on the left side of the image. It has a 6,000 foot paved NE-SW runway. The other runway is closed.

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