NOLF Barin Field
30.39 North / 87.64 West
NOLF Barin Field lies about 21 miles west-southwest of Pensacola Regional Airport. An auxiliary airfield for Pensacola NAS, the site of Barin's West Field was originally Folley Municipal Airport, which was leased by the Navy in 1942. Temporary buildings went up & the field was commissioned NAAS Barin Field. Barin training at first consisted of torpedo bomber & fighter instruction. In 1943, the torpedo training moved to Corry Field, leaving Barin to concentrate on the fighter program. SNJs were the primary trainer used. Barin had two fields (East & West), both with four asphalt runways (the longest 4,000 ft). The base also used several outlying fields in the Alabama countryside. For a brief period in 1945, some 150 German POWs were at Barin doing manual labor. In 1947 Barin closed, but it was reopened in 1952 during the Korean War to train pilots in TBMs, ADs, F8Fs, and F6Fs. Barin closed for a second time in 1958, but kept some aircraft for day field training, mainly simulated carrier landings. In 1962, Barin's West Field, the original Foley Municipal Airport, was returned to the City of Foley.
Today, the East Field is still used as a satellite airfield for nearby Pensacola Naval Air Station. Two runways are still maintained (9/27: 3,275 ft long & 15/33: 4,000 ft long). NOLF Barin is open for night operations on an as-needed basis; NAS Whiting Field Operations will coordinate. The current T-34C will be replaced by the newly acquired turbo prop T-6A aircraft and associated training system equipment, known as the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS). Several military construction projects, consisting of upgrades or modifications to existing facilities, were proposed at NAS Whiting Field to support the JPATS. NOLFs to be used by the JPATS aircraft include NOLF Barin, Alabama; NOLF Brewton, Alabama; NOLF Evergreen, Alabama; NOLF Saufley, Florida; and NOLF Choctaw, Florida. The Navy proposed to acquire Clear Zone land at the NOLF Barin, Alabama, runway 27 approach end to accommodate the longer runway requirements of the T-6A.
The West Field of four runways is abandoned, and a new 4-lane highway is being built right through the center of the runways. Located in Baldwin County near the beautiful beaches of Alabama, this former military facility that is being converted to an industrial site. There is a 315-acre at Barin that would be suitable for large general manufacturing, distribution or, because of the adjacent runway, aerospace/aviation industries. The city of Foley owns the land and water, sewer, electricity and gas are all on-site.
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