McClellan Air Field becomes Sacramento McClellan Airport

Sacramento McClellan Airport air tankers

Above: Static Display March 23, 2016 at Sacramento McClellan Airport during the aerial firefighting conference.

(Originally published at 12:44 p.m. MST December 26, 2017.)

The former McClellan Air Force Base near Sacramento has changed hands for the second time in the last 17 years and is now known as Sacramento McClellan Airport (KMCC). It was operated by the U.S Air Force from 1939 until 2000 when it was transferred to Sacramento County. In October of this year the 1,100-acre property was purchased by McClellan Business Park.

In addition to serving private plane owners and companies, the airport also functions as a main flight hub and home for many government agencies and emergency services operators, such as the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, CAL FIRE, HeliMax, and the U.S. Forest Service C-130 air tanker program. According to the new owners of the airport, it has the largest aerial fire retardant reload base in the United States.

McClellan Jet Services will continue to provide fixed-base services.

4 thoughts on “McClellan Air Field becomes Sacramento McClellan Airport”

  1. I’d be interested to know if the airfield is named after Gen. George B. McClellan of US Civil War fame. I’d also like to know if anyone needs a C-130 Navigator (way back when) that is also an NWS IMET? I’m considering a fire job after retirement. I was an airdrop instructor at Little Rock back in the day.

    1. Joel-

      From Wikipedia:

      The air force base was established in 1935. It was named after Major Hezekiah McClellan on 1 December 1939, a pioneer in arctic aeronautical tests. Born in 1894, he died on 25 May 1936 when his Consolidated P-30 which he was flight testing, crashed near Centerville, Ohio.

    2. Was just talking to a former 130 mech he said new models don’t have a navigator or fe. What’s up with that hs?

  2. Why weren’t the communities around the airport informed? Because of their flight pattern, we hear these planes ALL DAY LONG!!! It will be a big problem trying to sell our house because of the constant noise.

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