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The 56-year history of the Alameda Naval Air Station from 1940 to 1997 was a major military presence in the San Francisco Bay Area. As one of the largest and most important naval air stations in the United States, with a population of 45,000, it occupied 300 buildings to service squadrons and Carrier Air Groups. The large Overhaul and Repair facility operated from 1941 through the jet age, and U.S. Naval Reserve squadrons were added in the postwar years.
About the Author
The Alameda Naval Air Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich history of NAS Alameda, and volunteers maintain exhibits and a library on three floors of the original air terminal. In addition to providing an educational experience about the air station for visitors and students, the museum is a resource for information and research on naval aviation in the Pacific. Author William T. Larkins is an internationally known aviation photographer, the author of eight books, and the 2006 recipient of the Admiral Arthur W. Radford Award for excellence in Naval Aviation History and Literature. As a 79-year resident of the area, he has assembled a unique collection of photographs and information.
Table of Contents
1 Alameda Before the Air Station 9
2 Naval Air Station Alameda 15
3 A&R, O&R, NARF, AND NADEP 51
4 Squadron Activity 69
5 Aircraft Carriers 85
6 Navy and Marine Corps Reserves 99
7 Base Closure and Museum 111