Southern California Logistics Airport near Victorville, CA


Brief History and Background

Sign at the entrance to the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, CASign at the entrance to the Southern California Logistics Airport
Photo by the AirplaneBoneyards Staff

The Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) is located near Victorville, California, 90 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

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, in active 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.

Aerial view of the Southern California Logistics Airport with airliners in storage
Aerial view of the Southern California Logistics Airport with airliners in storage


FAA Airport Diagram of the Southern California Logistics Airport (VCV)
FAA Airport Diagram of the Southern California Logistics Airport (VCV) in Victorville, California

 

Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA)

Boeing 747 of GE Aircraft Engines, registration number N747GE, at the Southern California Logistics AirportBoeing 747-121 of GE Aircraft Engines, registration number N747GE, at the Southern California Logistics Airport (Staff Photo)

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 world-wide 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.

Boeing 787 of Air Austral out of the Leading Edge paint hangar at SCLABoeing 787 of Air Austral painting completed at the Leading Edge Aviation Company paint hangar at SCLA, September, 2016 (Photo courtesy of Leading Edge and SCLA)

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.

 

FedEx MD-11F parked at the Southern California Logistics Airport (Staff Photo)
FedEx MD-11F parked at the Southern California Logistics Airport

 

Airliner Storage, Maintenance and Disassembly

When we last visited the airport in May of 2015, there were dozens of jetliners in storage at the facility, and others undergoing maintenance, upgrades, painting and disassembly.

The nose section of an Airbus airliner at a scrapping yard near the Southern California Logistics AirportThe nose section of an Airbus airliner at a scrapping yard near the Southern California Logistics Airport (Staff Photo)

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 hanger space that can host over 20 aircraft for transitional maintenance.

ComAv also operates a facility at which 12 aircraft can be disassembled simultaneously. Aircraft types recently disassembled include Airbus A310 and A320, and McDonnell-Douglas MD-10 and MD-11s. A number of Boeing airliners have also been disassembled, including 737, 747, 757 and 767 models.

How Airliners Are Disassembled and Scrapped

Panoramic view of jetliners in storage at the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville (Staff Photo)
Panoramic view of jetliners in storage at the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville

 

The Future Air Force One in Storage at SCLA?

The President of the United States flies most often on a VC-25A aircraft, a modified Boeing 747-200B. Two aircraft are used, with tail numbers 28000 and 29000.

Boeing 747-8 Registration N895BABoeing 747-8 Registration N895BA

In January of 2015, the U.S. Air Force announced that Boeing had been awarded a contract to provide two modified Boeing 747-8 aircraft to replace the aging VC-25A fleet.

The Air Force was reported to be in negotiations with Boeing in August of 2017 to purchase two 747-8 jets which are completed and which have been in storage at SCLA in Victorville since February of 2017. These aircraft were built for the Russian airline Transaero, which went into bankruptcy in 2015. The airline never took delivery of the 747s.

The tail numbers of the two 747s are N894BA and N895BA.

USAF may purchase Boeing 747-8 jets stored at SCLA Victorville as new Air Force One (Defense One - 08/01/2017)


Touring the Southern California Logistics Airport Area

The airport is about 7 miles northwest of downtown Victorville, and about 90 miles northeast of Los Angeles. It is located just north of Air Base Road (Air Expressway). While you can drive through some of the the streets and roads at SCLA, most business and industry areas are restricted. No organized tours are available.

As always, we recommend obeying all warning signs and avoiding restricted areas.

For driving directions to the airport, see the interactive map at the bottom of this page.

Jetliners in storage in the desert at the Southern California Logistics Airport near Victorville (Staff Photo)
Jetliners in storage in the desert at the Southern California Logistics Airport near Victorville

 

Southern California Logistics Airport in the News

Recent News Articles Related to SCLA Victorville
He Flew One of the Last Southwest 737-300 Classics to the Boneyard and the new 737-8MAX in the Same Weekend
AvGeekery.com - 10/02/2017
Southwest Sends Oldest 737s to Graveyard as Max Joins Fleet
Bloomberg - 09/29/2017
Southwest Airlines retiring older 737s to Victorville
San Bernardino Sun - 08/23/2017
The last flight of GE's Boeing 747-100 flying testbed, at SCLA Victorville, California
GE Aviation at YouTube - 08/17/2017
USAF may purchase Boeing 747-8 jets N894BA and N895BA stored at SCLA Victorville in California as new Air Force One
Defense One - 08/01/2017

 

Need Help Identifying Airliners Stored at Victorville?

Large numbers of various models of airliners are stored at the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville. But can you identify them all?

For help in identifying these aircraft, visit our new website presenting spotting guides for jetliners from Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and Bombardier.

... at AirlinerSpotter.com

Spotting Guides for Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, and Bombardier jet airliners


Photos of the Southern California Logistics Airport (May, 2015)

Entrance area at the Southern California Logistics Airport, Logistics Centre and Rail Complex (Staff Photo)
Entrance area at the Southern California Logistics Airport, Logistics Centre and Rail Complex

Jetliner maintenance facility at the Southern California Logistics Airport (Staff Photo)
Jetliner maintenance facility at the Southern California Logistics Airport

Douglas DC-10, registration N330AU, on the tarmac at the Southern California Logistics Airport (Staff Photo)
DC-10 on the tarmac at the Southern California Logistics Airport

Ex-Delta Airlines Boeing 727-232 N518DA at a scrapping yard near the Southern California Logistics Airport (Staff Photo)
Ex-Delta Airlines Boeing 727 N518DA at a scrapping yard near the Southern California Logistics Airport

Boeing 747-121 of GE Aircraft Engines, registration number N747GE, at the Southern California Logistics Airport (Staff Photo, May 2015)
Boeing 747 of GE Aircraft Engines, registration number N747GE, at the Southern California Logistics Airport

YouTube Video - Farewell to GE's Boeing 747 Flying Test Bed at Victorville, California (Published 8/17/2017 by GE Aviation)


Links and More Resources about SCLA and Victorville

Official website of the Southern California Logistics Airport

Official website of the City of Victorville

ComAv Technical Services

YouTube Video of Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) in Victorville, CA (May 2015)

Special Report: How Airliners Are Scrapped and Recycled

 

Interactive Map of the Southern California Logistics Airport Area

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