Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton


Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton
Munn Field
Part of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Near Oceanside, California in the United States
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A US Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper light attack helicopter at MCAS Camp Pendleton during 2016
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MCAS Camp Pendleton is located in the United States
MCAS Camp Pendleton
MCAS Camp Pendleton
Location in the United States
Coordinates33°18′04″N 117°21′19″W / 33.30111°N 117.35528°W / 33.30111; -117.35528Coordinates: 33°18′04″N 117°21′19″W / 33.30111°N 117.35528°W / 33.30111; -117.35528
TypeMarine Corps air station
Site information
OwnerDepartment of Defense
OperatorUS Marine Corps
Controlled by3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
ConditionOperational Edit this at Wikidata
Site history
Built1942 (1942)
In use1942 – present
Garrison information
Col. Richard T. Anderson
GarrisonMarine Aircraft Group 39
Airfield information
IdentifiersICAO: KNFG, FAA LID: NFG, WMO: 722926
Elevation23.7 metres (78 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
03/21 1,830.6 metres (6,006 ft) asphalt
Number Length and surface
E2 40.5 metres (133 ft) asphalt
F2 40.5 metres (133 ft) asphalt
P1 41.7 metres (137 ft) asphalt
P2 41.7 metres (137 ft) asphalt
P3 41.7 metres (137 ft) asphalt
P4 41.7 metres (137 ft) asphalt
Other airfield facilitiesHelicopter rinse facility
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton or MCAS Camp Pendleton (ICAO: KNFG, FAA LID: NFG) is a United States Marine Corps airfield located within Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. It was commissioned in 1942 and is currently home to Marine Aircraft Group 39. The airfield is also known as Munn Field in honor of Lieutenant General John C. "Toby" Munn, the first Marine aviator to serve as the Commanding General of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.


FAA airport diagram

On September 25, 1942, the area presently known as Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton, California was designated an auxiliary landing field and served as a sub-unit of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.[2] The airfield was 6,000 ft by 400 ft and began operating in November 1942. In February 1944, it became an Outlying Field (OLF) to Marine Corps Auxiliary Field Gillespie and it was during this time that the first squadrons were actually assigned to the field. Among the first squadrons were VMO-5, VMF-323 and VMF-471. In September 1944, the field was designated as a permanent establishment. In 1945, due to overcrowding at Marine Corps Air Station El Centro, Marine Aircraft Group 35 began parking its spare transport planes at the field as well.[3]

During the early 1950s, the airfield was used in filming The Flying Leathernecks starring John Wayne.

Marine Observation Squadron FIVE (VMO-5), a composite squadron consisting of both OV-10 Bronco fixed-wing aircraft and UH-1 Huey helicopters, was established in 1966 and was the first squadron stationed at the airfield following World War II.

Through the years, aviation began to play an increasing role in Marine Corps tactics, creating a need for modern facilities. To meet this need, the auxiliary landing field was re-designated a Marine Corps Air Facility (MCAF) on September 1, 1978 serving as home to Marine Aircraft Group 39 (MAG-39). Since 1978, the Group expanded to a strength of four tactical helicopter squadrons, one helicopter training squadron, one observation squadron, and an aviation logistics squadron. This increase in aircraft and personnel established once again the need for improved facilities.

On March 13, 1985, MCAF Pendleton was re-designated as Marine Corps Air Station effective April 1, 1985. Today, the Air Station supports over 180 helicopters assigned to MAG-39, Marine Aircraft Group 46 Detachment A, and a wide variety of other Marine Corps units and visiting aircraft from other branches of the Armed Forces. The closure of MCAS Tustin and MCAS El Toro were a result of Base Realignment and Closure legislation which saw MCAS Camp Pendleton expand its facilities again to support three additional helicopter squadrons. The first medium lift helicopter squadron joined MAG-39 in January 1999, and the final one came in June of that year.

In July 2020, the station's Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron became a flying unit for the first time when it received a UC-12W Huron. The aircraft is used in the operational support role, allowing high priority passengers and cargo to be flown at a reduced cost compared to using the MV-22B Osprey or UH-1Y Venom.[4]

Based units

Flying and notable non-flying units based at MCAS Camp Pendleton.[5][6]

United States Marine Corps

Marine Corps Installations – West

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

See also



Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

  1. ^ "Airport Diagram – Camp Pendleton MCAS (Munn Field) (KNFG)" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 21 May 2020. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  2. ^ O'Hara (2005): 95
  3. ^ Shettle (2001): 84
  4. ^ Cortez, Lance Cpl. Andrew (6 August 2020). "Making history: H&HS becomes a flying squadron". United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  5. ^ Kaminski, Tom (2019). "Aircraft of the US Marine Corps". US Navy & Marine Corps Air Power Yearbook 2019. Key Publishing. pp. 93–99.
  6. ^ "MAG-39". 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. US Marine Corps. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  • "History - MCAS Pendleton". MCAS Pendleton, United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2007-02-09.
  • O'Hara, Thomas (2005). Images of America - Camp Pendleton. Charleston, SC: Arcadia. ISBN 0-7385-2982-6.
  • Shettle Jr., M. L. (2001). United States Marine Corps Air Stations of World War II. Bowersville, Georgia: Schaertel Publishing Co. ISBN 0-9643388-2-3.
  • MCAS Camp Pendleton's official website

External links

  • MCAS Camp Pendleton's official website
  • Marine Corps Community Services at Camp Pendleton
  • Camp Pendleton at
  • USMC Air Station Camp Pendleton Overview & PCS Information (
  • FAA Airport Diagram (PDF), effective October 7, 2021
  • Resources for this U.S. military airport:
    • FAA airport information for NFG
    • AirNav airport information for KNFG
    • NOAA/NWS latest weather observations
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for KNFG
    • Airport information for KNFG at Great Circle Mapper.