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Mokuleia Field

NEW!  John Bennett's 2010 Updated Historical Essay for Mokuleia AAF

Originally constructed in 1927, this installation has changed names and ownership several times. Originally established as Kawaihapai Military Reservation in 1927, it was redesignated as Mokuleia Airfield and was used by the Army Air Forces throughout World War II.  The name was changed to Dillingham Air Force Base after the USAF was formed in 1947.   The base was deactivated in 1948 and returned to the Army.

 Presently, the Army uses the field for small unit maneuvers of platoon and squad size. Helicopters also use the field for training for both day and night tactical flight operations. The runways are jointly used by civilian planes and commercial gliders and are leased and controlled by the State of Hawaii. The Army maintains priority for use at all times.

Take a virtual tour of Dillingham AFB in August of 1949, (less than two years after deactivation) in the photo gallery below.  The  photos are courtesy of the 15th Airlift Wing History Office.  Abbreviated descriptions are written across the faces of the photos.

Click here for John Bennett's updated 2000-2001 Field Survey Report of Mokuleia (Dillingham) Field:

(Large file of 10mb use broadband connection and allow time for download)


Aerial View in Aug of 42

P-40s in the break for landing, Mar 42

P-40s Ready for takeoff Feb 42

P-40s Refueling, Circa 42

An OR&L train rumbles by, Northbound in 1942

Overhead view in Feb of 1947

Overhead view in Sept of 1947

Aerial Oblique looking East in July 49

Overhead View in Dec 1953

100,000 Gallon Water Tank in 49

AvGas Pumping Stations

Barracks in 49

Base Chapel in 49

Infirmary in 49

Base Theater in 49

Latrine behind Theater

Bomb Storage Bldg

Concrete Bunker in 49 (Stll Stands Today)

Crash Rescue Station in 49

Bulldozed Revetment

Fire Station

Panorama Looking North in 49

Panorama Looking East in 49

HQ Bldg

Pierced Steel Matting Bunkers

Mess Hall

Motor Pool

NCO Quarters

More NCO Quarters

Radio Bldg in 49

Radio Building in 2001

Revetment in 49

Sewage Treatment in 49

Telex Bldg in 49

Transformer in 49

Tranformer Bldg in 49

Warehouse in 49

Chlorination Plant in 49

Water Tank in 49

Wind Tee in 49

NOAA aerial of Dillingham in June 2000