Navy Landing Airfield (NALF) Cabaniss
In support of the base's training mission are two nearby outlying landing fields owned by the Navy: Navy Landing Airfield (NALF) Waldron, which is 3.5 miles from the Air Station; and NALF Cabaniss, which is 8.0 miles from the Air Station.
Cabaniss was an auxiliary field for Corpus Christi Naval Air Station during World War II and the Korean War. It closed in 1958 and is now used for "touch and go" training for T-34 turboprops from the Naval Air Station. The former NAAS now an OLF to NAS Corpus Christi.
In addition to waterside force protection, IBU 15 routinely practices combat skills in a field environment. In November 2001, the unit held training and a battle exercise at Cabaniss Air Field in Corpus.
Cabaniss is an airport course located in Corpus Christi, Texas, which is occasionally used for non-spectator Sports Car Club of America [SCCA] events.
Cabaniss Field was dedicated 9 July 1941, in honor of Commander Robert W Cabaniss, Naval Aviator No. 36, killed in a plane crash in 1927. Cabaniss served on the Asiatic Station and on the Pacific Coast until 1915, when he took flight training at Pensacola and became qualified Naval Aviator No. 36. During World War I, he had duty at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola; command of the aviation detachment at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and in 1918, he was overseas in Paris. later he commanded the NAS, Moutchie-Lacanau; then served at Pauillac and at Bordeaux. After the war, he commanded NAS, Rockaway Beach, Long Island; had duty at NAS, Pensacola; in 1921, Executive Officer, aircraft tender, USS Wright; and in 1926, he took command of the aircraft tender, USS Aroostook. While on this duty he was killed in the crash of a PN-9 plane he was flying on 31 March, 1927, near Navassa Island in the West Indies. He was then in the rank of Commander.
On 11 May 1997 a Continental Airlines pilot misjudged the location of Corpus Christi International Airport Sunday and landed a Boeing 737 on a World War II-era auxiliary landing strip 4 1/2 miles away. It essentially was pilot error and he landed on the wrong runway. Tthe jet, which took off from Houston with 59 people aboard, landed around 10:40 a.m. at Cabaniss Field. The runway at Cabaniss is about 3,000 feet shorter than the strip at Corpus Christi International. Passengers had to wait on the plane for almost three hours before buses arrived to take them to the right airport
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