Falcon Field History
Groundbreaking ceremonies were conducted on the same
day - July 16, 1941 - for both Falcon Field and Williams
Field that served as World War II pilot training bases
and now serve Mesa and the East Valley in different
capacities. Arizona's dry climate and open spaces made
it an ideal choice for training air troops.
Falcon Field opened in September 1941 as a military
airport to train British Royal Air Force and U.S. Army
Air Corps pilots. The first training flight was an
American-made Boeing PT-17 "Stearman" biplane.
In 1948 the federal government deeded the property to
the City of Mesa as a municipal airport. The City
contracted daily operations through a private operator
until 1968, when it assumed this responsibility. Falcon
Field includes a total of 784 acres owned by the City.
The primary one-square-mile airport campus is located
in northeast Mesa between Greenfield, Higley, McDowell and McKellips roads.
Today Falcon Field is a general aviation (GA) reliever
airport that serves as an alternative for corporate, military,
public safety, recreational and instructional aviation
uses so that
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (formerly Williams Field)
can focus on international and domestic commercial
Air space around Falcon Field is managed by the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA).
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August 1, 1941
English Air Men Coming
February 20, 1943
Falcon Field Unit Praised
June 10, 1963
A Major City Asset
FALCON - Where a Hollywood
contact helped win a war
Falcon Field Beginnings
AAHS Journal - American Aviation Historical Society
Volume 30, Number 3, Fall 1985, Page 175
The pictures below were donated by
His Father, Oswaldo Interiano, was a Cadet at Falcon Field.
His cadet buddies called him "Ozzie" and his Lancaster crew just
called him "Skipper."
Falcon Field Airport
4800 E. Falcon Drive
Mesa, AZ 85215
Main Phone: 480-644-2450
Voice Mail: 480-644-2444
Falcon Field Comment Line:
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Map & Directions
Falcon Field Organizational Chart