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Feature Article: Associated Airport (Two Mile final into CCR 19R)

Clyde as it exists now is two small rows of homes along one side of a railroad spur track and Port Chicago Highway.. I was once a shipbuilding town in WWI and a part of the Port Chicago Ammunition Depot of WWII. Clyde once had an airport.

The airport was part of the Avon Refinery complex once owned by Associated Oil Company. It was build on McNear land. near what is now Mallard Reservoir. McNear once owned all of the land along the Carquenez Straits as well as much of Sonoma County. The land that McNear didn't own, belonged to the government.

The field itself was an X with a north-south 1800 food sod runway and the east-west runway 3006 feet of oiled sod as well. The airport comprised 249 acres airport half bordered on the northeastern corner of the Mallard Reservoir. Frank Buchanan, namesake of Concords present airport flew homebuilt gliders off these runways. The field featured 150 foot wide runways with floodlighting for night landings by prior arrangement.

In 1930 an airshow celebrating completion of the Martinez/Benecia bridge featured stunt flying by Paul Mantz (Flight of the Phoenix) before 8000 weekend celebrants. Another show in 1931 was called a 'circus'. In 1934 hard times closed the field for all time.

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