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Gray Butte Field Airport is a private airport located 25 miles east of Palmdale, California. It is owned by General Atomics of San Diego. Its primary use is the development and testing of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for the United States Military and the United States Government.

Gray Butte Field Airport

Gray Butte Auxiliary Airfield
Gray Butte Field Airport - California.jpg
2006 USGS airphoto
ServesPalmdale, California
Coordinates34°33′59″N 117°40′13″W / 34.56639°N 117.67028°W / 34.56639; -117.67028
04CA is located in California
Location of Gray Butte Field Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 8,000 2,438 Asphalt

Grey Butte Field Airport, has a sister site located at El Mirage Field.

Aircraft to have been known to be operated and developed at this facility include:

  • Predator XP
  • Gray Eagle
  • Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER)
  • MQ-9B



During World War II, the airport was designated as Gray Butte Auxiliary Airfield (No 4), and was an auxiliary training airfield for Victorville Army Airfield, California.

The wartime runways are abandoned and now used by General Atomics for their UAV testing.

The airfield was assigned the FAA location identifier GVM, but on July 26, 2012, the airport's location identifier was changed to 04CA..[1]

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  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. ^ "Location Identifiers". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved 2012-12-19.

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