Imperial Beach NOLF

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Last Validated 10-2022
City Imperial Beach, CA
Position 32°33'58"N 117°06'47"W
Runway(s) 8/26, 9/27
Elevation 24 ft


Imperial Beach Naval Outlying Field (NOLF) is part of Naval Base Coronado, which NAS North Island also belongs to. The airfield is exclusively used by naval helicopters to train their crew and personnel with landing procedures and conduct training and practice operations

Getting There

Imperial Beach NOLF is located 9 miles south of San Diego. If you're coming from San Diego, driving to the south on Highway 5, you should take exit 'Coronado Ave'. Follow this road towards the west (and will become Imperial Beach Ave). Turn left at Louden Lane St". This road will leads towards the basefence. Another possibility is when you're coming from the beachspot at NAS North Island. You have to keep following the coastalroad (Silver Strand Blvd) in southern direction. When the road bends to the left it will become highway 75. Take a right at 9th St, immediately after the bend. After just half a mile this road will cross Imperial Beach Ave. Turn right here and left on Louden Lane St (the fifth street on you left) as mentioned above.

Around the Airport

1Bird sanctuary

If you are at Iris Ave (mentioned in 'Getting there'), you should drive in western direction towards the ocean. At the end of this road is a small parking lot located. Park you car here and enter the foothpad that is along the fence line of the airfield to enter the bird sanctuary. After a short distance, the foothpad will rise a bit which puts you higher than the fence. At this spot you have got a great view towards the hover pads, but they are still quite far (for photographing). When the helicopters depart in the pattern they will fly at low level directly towards you and will break left in the pattern just near your spot.

This photo was taken from spot 1 when this SH-60 departed from runway 27. (Robert Verbrugge)


239.250 / 120.650Tower

Based Operators

no based aircraft

More Info

Naval Base CoronadoOfficial Homepage

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