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NARB Miami, Naval Air Station (NAS) Miami, MCAS Miami then Opa-locka Airport - Historical Photo Gallery


The land where Opa-locka Airport is was originally purchased by Glenn and Lena Curtiss in 1918. The airport is just west of the City of Opa-locka's city limits in unincorporated Miami-Dade County. The famous blimp hangar was bought by the City of Miami from Key West, disassembled and moved to the southeast corner of the eventual Opa-locka Airport. A more detailed history of Opa-locka, written by Antolin Carbonell is located at:
http://www.miami-airport.com/html/opa-locka_history.html

Opa-locka Airport was originally Naval Air Reserve Base Miami, then Naval Air Station Miami, and then Marine Corps Air Station Miami (after the move from Master's Field) and then deeded to Dade County in the early 1960's except for the federal portion of the airport that remains as Coast Guard Air Station Miami. It became an auxiliary airport under the Dade County Port Authority which became the Dade County Aviation Department in the early 1970's. The airport was renamed to Opa-locka Executive Airport in 2007.

Despite what you may see on stupid local TV news stations, newspapers, magazines, websites like airliners.net and LiveATC.net, Florida DOT road signs and Miami-Dade County street signs, there is no upper-case "L" in the name of the city or the airport because it is the first letter after a contraction of the full name with the hyphen and the first letter after the hyphen is never capitalized under grammar rules. It is Opa-locka, not Opa-Locka, Opa Locka, etc.

19?? - N2C's at Naval Air Reserve Base Miami at Opa-locka
19?? - N2C's at Naval Air Reserve Base Miami at Opa-locka
1930's- Blimp Hangar at NRAB Miami at Opa-locka Airport
1930's- Blimp Hangar at NRAB Miami at Opa-locka Airport
1931 - article about USN Rear Admiral William A. Moffett in town to accept the new Opa-locka Airport for the government
1931 - article about USN Rear Admiral William A. Moffett in town to accept the new Opa-locka Airport for the government
1933 - the U. S. Navy's 785-foot USS AKRON ZRS-4 at Naval Reserve Air Base Miami at Opa-locka Airport
1933 - the U. S. Navy's 785-foot USS AKRON ZRS-4 at Naval Reserve Air Base Miami at Opa-locka Airport
1933 - Germany's Graf Zeppelin with a Tydol gas truck at Naval Air Station Miami at Opa-locka
1933 - Germany's "Graf Zeppelin" with a Tydol gas truck at Naval Air Station Miami at Opa-locka
1935 - engine test building under construction at Naval Reserve Air Base Miami (now Opa-locka Executive Airport)
1935 - engine test building under construction at Naval Reserve Air Base Miami (now Opa-locka Executive Airport)
1935 - view of Naval Reserve Air Base Miami at Opa-locka from the blimp mooring mast
1935 - view of Naval Reserve Air Base Miami at Opa-locka from the blimp mooring mast
1935 - view of the blimp mooring mast and hangar in the background at Naval Reserve Aviation Base Miami
1935 - view of the blimp mooring mast and hangar in the background at Naval Reserve Aviation Base Miami
1935 - the large swimming pool at Naval Reserve Air Base Miami at Opa-locka
1935 - the large swimming pool at Naval Reserve Air Base Miami at Opa-locka
1930's - NAS Miami at Opa-locka as depicted on the Miami Air Guide
1930's - NAS Miami at Opa-locka as depicted on the Miami Air Guide
1941- new buildings under construction at NAS Miami at Opa-locka due to World War II
1941- new buildings under construction at NAS Miami at Opa-locka due to World War II
1940s - the Officers swimming pool at Naval Air Station Miami at Opa-locka Airport
1940s - the Officers swimming pool at Naval Air Station Miami at Opa-locka Airport
Early 1940's - U. S. Navy Grumman TBM-3 at NAS Miami
Early 1940's - U. S. Navy Grumman TBM-3 at NAS Miami
1942 - U. S. Navy SNJ's at NAS Miami in northwest Dade County
1942 - U. S. Navy SNJ's at NAS Miami in northwest Dade County
1943 - NAS Miami personnel posing at the Naval Air Station Miami
1943 - NAS Miami personnel posing at the Naval Air Station Miami
1944 - a formation of training aircraft from Naval Air Station Miami inflight
1944 - a formation of training aircraft from Naval Air Station Miami inflight
1944 - Link Trainers in the Ground School at Naval Air Station Miami
1944 - Link Trainers in the Ground School at Naval Air Station Miami
1944 - Waves barracks at Naval Air Station Miami
1944 - Waves barracks at Naval Air Station Miami
1952 - aerial image of NAS Miami at Opa-locka Airport
1952 - aerial image of NAS Miami at Opa-locka Airport
1952 - portion of Naval Air Station Miami now used by U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami
1952 - portion of Naval Air Station Miami now used by U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami
1952 - NAS Miami at Opa-locka Airport, Amelia Earhart Field and Master's Field, Miami
1952 - NAS Miami at Opa-locka Airport, Amelia Earhart Field and Master's Field, Miami
1954 - Naval Air Station Miami (Opa-locka) viewed from over the Cloverleaf
1954 - Naval Air Station Miami (Opa-locka) viewed from over the Cloverleaf
1962 - a replica of Glenn Curtiss's June Bug bi-plane at the Opa-locka Air Show
1962 - a replica of Glenn Curtiss's "June Bug" bi-plane at the Opa-locka Air Show
1962 - a U. S. Army Nike Zeus rocket on display at the Opa-locka Air Show
1962 - a U. S. Army Nike Zeus rocket on display at the Opa-locka Air Show
1962 - an Arabian Nights lady at the Opa-locka Air Show
1962 - an Arabian Nights lady at the Opa-locka Air Show
1962 - an Arabian Nights lady at the Opa-locka Air Show
1962 - an Arabian Nights lady at the Opa-locka Air Show
1962 - a variety of aircraft and missiles on display at the Opa-locka Air Show
1962 - a variety of aircraft and missiles on display at the Opa-locka Air Show
1964 - Portions of former NAS Miami at Opa-locka advertised for auction by the GSA
1964 - Portions of former NAS Miami at Opa-locka advertised for auction by the GSA
1966 - a 1965 Cessna C-150 N3095J and USCG HU-16 #CG-2135 at Opa-locka Airport
1966 - a 1965 Cessna C-150 N3095J and USCG HU-16 #CG-2135 at Opa-locka Airport
1960s - ex-USN Lockheed XR-60-1 Constitution N7673C at Opa-locka Airport
1960s - ex-USN Lockheed XR-60-1 Constitution N7673C at Opa-locka Airport
Late 1960's - Coast Guard Fairchild C-123B #CG-4705 lifting off from runway 27-R at Opa-locka Airport
Late 1960's - Coast Guard Fairchild C-123B #CG-4705 lifting off from runway 27-R at Opa-locka Airport
Late 1960's - Eastern Airlines Constellations stored at Opa-locka Airport
Late 1960's - Eastern Airlines Constellations stored at Opa-locka Airport
1987- some of the spectator parking at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
1987- some of the spectator parking at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
1987- a portion of the crowd at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
1987- a portion of the crowd at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
1987- some of the spectator parking at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
1987- some of the spectator parking at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
1987- a portion of the crowd at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
1987- a portion of the crowd at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
1987- a portion of the crowd at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
1987- a portion of the crowd at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
1987- a portion of the crowd at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
1987- a portion of the crowd at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
1987- a portion of the crowd at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
1987- a portion of the crowd at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
1987- a portion of the crowd and a NOAA P-3 Hurricane Hunter at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport
1987- a portion of the crowd and a NOAA P-3 Hurricane Hunter at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport
1987- a portion of the crowd at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
1987- a portion of the crowd at the November Miami Air Show at Opa-locka Airport featuring the Blue Angels
2010 - the new FAA Air Traffic Control Tower under construction at Opa-locka Executive Airport
2010 - the new FAA Air Traffic Control Tower under construction at Opa-locka Executive Airport
2010 - the Historical Flight Foundation's restored Eastern Air Lines DC-7B N836D enroute to Opa-locka Executive Airport
2010 - the Historical Flight Foundation's restored Eastern Air Lines DC-7B N836D enroute to Opa-locka Executive Airport
2013 - Air Plus Comet B747-212B J2-KCV  being scrapped at Opa-locka Executive Airport
2013 - Air Plus Comet B747-212B J2-KCV being scrapped at Opa-locka Executive Airport