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Former Naval Auxiliary Air Station Quillayute



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The 1,202-acre property was acquired by the War Department in the early 1940s and developed as an auxiliary air station for joint U.S. Army and U.S. Navy use. The Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) Quillayute was used as a training center and coastal patrol station during World War II. Activities at the facility during the war included practice B-24 bombing missions, P-38 fighter aircraft missions, and deployment of surveillance blimps. Full jurisdiction and ownership of the site was transferred to the Navy in 1944, and the facility was officially commissioned as NAAS Quillayute at that time.  

The Navy declared NAAS Quillayute as excess on June 28, 1946. A 1947 appraisal report and a real property classification report prepared by the Real Property Appraisal Division of the War Assets Administration describes several of the former structures that were located on the site. Based on these reports, approximately 110 of the former structures located on site during occupation by the Navy were declared as surplus inventory by the War Assets Administration, and were deemed non-essential to the continued operation of the facility as an airfield. These non-essential structures were classified for off-site use by other agencies or were sold to private entities. 

The site was transferred to the General Services Administration for disposal without restriction in the early 1960s. Most of the property was acquired by the State of Washington in 1962 for use as an emergency landing field. The remaining portions of the property were conveyed or sold to the Quillayute Prairie School District or to private individuals. From 1964 to 1975, the site was used as a clubhouse and campsite for a flying club. Runway No. 1 was closed in 1977. 

Many of the structures that were present during the time of Navy occupation have since been removed, are inaccessible due to an overgrowth of vegetation, or are identifiable only from remnants of their concrete foundations.  

Currently, the site includes: 1 active (Runway #2), 1 inactive runway (Runway #1), a few remaining WW II buildings, and residential lots. Current ownership includes private individuals, State of Washington, and the City of Forks.

The Administrative Record File contains reports, and other material used in preparation of the Proposed Plan. The Proposed Plan and other documents included in the Administrative Record file are available at the following location:


Forks Branch Library                          Hours:

171 South Forks Avenue                    Monday through Thursday: 10 am to 7 pm

Forks, Washington 98331                   Friday and Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm

(360) 674-6402                                   Sundays: closed


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Kansas City District

601 East 12th Street

ATT: CENWK-PM-E Quillayute Project Manager

Kansas City, MO 64106

Fax Number - 816.389.2023