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Mefford Field

Mefford Field

Mefford Field, Tulare, CA, US, 93274



Type: Public

Airport Time Zone : UTC -7 (UTC -8 during Standard Time)

Lon : 36.15629959

Lat : -119.3259964

Phone : (559) 684-4329

Website: Mefford Field

Mefford Field Airport Contact Information

  • IATA Code: TLR
  • ICAO Code: KTLR
  • Airport Type: Public
  • Owner: City of Tulare
  • Phone Number: (559) 684-4201
  • Location: Tulare, California
  • Elevation AMSL: 265 ft / 81 m


Mefford Field Airport, nestled in Tulare County, California, has a rich aviation history. It once served as the temporary location for the Rankin Aeronautical Academy, a flight school responsible for training United States Army Air Corps flight cadets during World War II. Established in 1940, Rankin Field trained an impressive 1.4 million Army pilots to fly, with Mefford Field playing a vital role in the early stages of this training. As Rankin Academy eventually moved to its permanent site, Mefford Field returned to daily operations as a civilian airfield.

Facilities and Aircraft

Mefford Field Airport encompasses an area of 206 acres at an elevation of 265 feet above sea level, providing a reliable aviation infrastructure for the region. The airport boasts a single asphalt runway, designated 13/31, measuring 3,901 by 75 feet. The airport's statistics for the 12-month period ending April 5, 2011, reflected a total of 26,180 general aviation aircraft operations, averaging 71 operations per day. Mefford Field also serves as the home base for 48 aircraft, with the majority being single-engine aircraft, complemented by helicopters, multi-engine planes, and gliders.

Mefford Field Airport is an essential part of Tulare County's aviation landscape, facilitating general aviation and contributing to the region's rich aviation heritage.

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