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Dillingham Airfield is a regional airport of the State of Hawaiimarker. It is located in the City and County of Honolulumarker on the North Shore of O ahumarker near the Mokulē ia CDPmarker.

Most flights originating are general aviation for skydiving or glider operations. It is primarily used as a recreation facility, a base for gliding, hang gliding and parachuting.

Military operations consist largely of night operations for night vision device training.


As a general aviation joint-use facility, the airfield has one runway, a UNICOM tower, powered aircraft and glider hangars, and a tie down area for recreation aircraft. Jet-A and Avgas are available in a self-serve facility ultilizing credit cards for payment. There were plans to extend the taxiway to the end of the 26 runway, but funding was delayed. Air traffic, unless approved prior by the US Army, is limited to daytime operations by general aviation and sport parachuting operations. Although the largest users on the airfield are the sport parachuting operations, the State of Hawaii refuses safety improvements.


Dillingham Airfield is part of a centralized state structure governing all of the airports and seaports of Hawaii. The official authority of Dillingham Airfield is the Governor of Hawaii. He or she appoints the Director of the Hawaii State Department of Transportation who has jurisdiction over the Hawaii Airports Administrator.

The Hawaii Airports Administrator oversees six governing bodies: Airports Operations Office, Airports Planning Office, Engineering Branch, Information Technology Office, Staff Services Office, Visitor Information Program Office. Collectively, the six bodies have authority over the four airport districts in Hawaii: Hawaii Districtmarker, Kaua i Districtmarker, Maui Districtmarker and the principal O ahu Districtmarker. Dillingham Airfield is a subordinate of the O ahu District officials.


A communications station called Camp Kawaihapai was established here in 1922 on along the Oahu Railway and Land Companymarker line.In the 1920s and 1930s, the railroad transported mobile coast artillery to the site.By 1941, the Army leased additional land and established Mokulē ia Airstrip. Curtiss P-40 fighters were deployed at North Shore airstrips at Kahukumarker, Hale iwamarker and Mokulē ia when the attack on Pearl Harbormarker took place. Aircraft taking off from nearby Hale iwa destroyed several attacking aircraft.

The runway was paved, extended to long, and a crosswind runway added from 1942-1945. By the end of World War II, Mokulē ia Airfield could handle B-29 Superfortress bombers. In 1946, the Army acquired an additional .In 1948, the airfield was inactivated and renamed Dillingham Air Force Base in memory of Captain Henry Gaylord Dillingham, a B-29 pilot who was killed in action over Kawasaki, Japan on July 25, 1945. Captain Dillingham was the son of Walter F. Dillingham and grandson of Benjamin Dillingham who founded the railroad which evolved into Hawaiian Dredging Company and the Dillingham Corporation.

Nike Missles were installed in the 1950s, but were obsolete by 1970. In the 19070s the base was transfered from the Air Force back to the Army, and over time the state has negotiated leases for general aviation use. In the 1980s hangers, a tower, and a fire station were built.


The TV Series Lost has filmed several scenes at Dillingham Airfield, due to its remote location close to the North Shore, where the series is primarily filmed.The fuselage from Oceanic Airlines flight 815 is also stored at Dillingham, and is transported to the beach when needed for filming.


  1. Lost filming locations
  2. Fuselage on "Lost" web site

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