Brief History and Background
The Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) is located near Victorville, California, 90 miles northeast of Los Angeles, in the southwestern edge of the Mojave Desert.
Also known as Victorville Airport, it is home to many aviation-related businesses.
The facility is located on the site of the former George Air Force Base, inactive service from 1941 to 1992. It was created by the United States Army Air Corps as an Advanced Flying School in June 1941 and closed at the end of World War II.
The base was again activated by the U.S. Air Force at the beginning of the Korean War in November 1950. It remained a base throughout the Cold War, primarily for training Tactical Air Command pilots, until being closed in 1993.
Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA)
The conversion of the former George AFB to SCLA was designed to provide major corporations with logistics needs, access to a global intermodal logistics gateway to the Western United States.
SCLA has become known worldwide as a major airliner boneyard. However, it also offers globally accessible facilities and services to large aviation and logistics companies.
Victorville is the multimodal transportation hub of Southern California, with its ground, rail, and air transportation facilities. An estimated 60% of all goods moving in/out of Southern California travel through Victorville.
Air cargo carriers such as Cargolux, Luftansa, Volga-Dnepr Airlines, and Federal Express are active customers of SCLA.
The Southern California Logistics Centre, immediately adjacent to SCLA, offers a wide variety of new warehouse and distribution facilities. A rail complex is also included on the property.
The state-of-the-art hangars at SCLA can accommodate projects ranging from aircraft maintenance and repair programs to the painting of large wide-body aircraft including Boeing 747-8s, 777-300s, and 787 Dreamliners.
Southern California Logistics Airport includes a precision instrument runway of 15,050 feet and a secondary runway length of 9,138 feet to accommodate any aircraft flying today. It also offers 24-hour U.S. Customs service.
SCLA is also a popular destination for the movie and television industry. Dozens of movies, television episodes, and commercials have been filmed at the locale over the years.
SCLA offers a wide variety of desert scenes, open spaces, runways, warehouses, and other venues easily accessible to the film industry.
Companies located at SCLA include Pratt & Whitney, G.E., Leading Edge Aviation Company, Federal Express, Boeing, and others.
Airliner Storage, Maintenance and Disassembly
When we last visited the airport, there were dozens of jetliners in storage at the facility, and others undergoing maintenance, upgrades, painting, and disassembly.
SCLA is home to ComAv Technical Services, a large transitional facility for commercial aircraft.
The company provides asset management, technical services, integrated aviation solutions, engine management, and airframe disassembly.
With over 18 years of experience at Victorville, ComAv operates a storage facility at SCLA with a capacity of over 500 aircraft and offers ramp and hangar space that can host over 20 aircraft for transitional maintenance.
Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) in Victorville, CA. Photo by Gabriel Zeifman