Desert Center Airport
Desert Center, Ca
Text and Photos by Don Grondin
DesertUSA Note: In 2006 the Riverside County Economic Development Agency sold the airport, once a part of General Patton's Desert Training Center, to the Chuckwalla Valley Associates, LLC. Part of the deal was that the new owner had to develop the property over time. Read more about Desert Center, and the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway that's been built there.
N33 44.9 W115 19.4 Remarks: The single runway is a paved section on top of one of General Patton’s old runways. The windsock is located at the intersection of runway 05 and the taxiway. There are remains of Patton’s army all around the airport including foundations from the old buildings and pieces of discarded equipment mixed in with the remains of old agriculture and vandalism. Beware of off-road vehicles on runway and taxiway.
Elevation: 559 ft
Runway: 05 23 Length: 4200 ft
Pattern altitude: 1559 ft (1000 AGL)
CTAF: 122.9 (multicom)
Services: No Fuel or Services
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