Naval Air Facility El Centro or NAF El Centro is a military airport located six miles (10 km) northwest of El Centro, in Imperial County, California, USA.
EL CENTRO NAF AIRPORT HISTORY
The facility was commissioned on May 1, 1946, as a Naval Air Station. Prior to that, the base was a Marine Corps Air Station. Through the years, Navy El Centro has had several names: Naval Air Facility, Naval Auxiliary Landing Field, Naval Air Station, and the National Parachute Test Range.
For the first 35 years, the mission of NAF El Centro was devoted to aeronautical escape system testing, evaluation, and design. In November 1947, the Parachute Experimental Division from Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey moved to El Centro. In 1951, the Joint Parachute Facility was established and consisted of the Naval Parachute Unit and the U.S. Air Force’s 6511th Test Group (Parachute). The Air Force remained part of El Centro’s test organization for the next 27 years.
EL CENTRO NAF AIRPORT LOCATION
EL CENTRO NAF AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 393 ft.
Runway length available: 08/26 9503×200 ft. :: 12/30 6823×200 ft.