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Oroville Municipal Airport (IATA: OVE, ICAO: KOVE) is a public airport located 3 miles (5 km) southwest of the city of Oroville in Butte County, California, USA.

Oroville Municipal Airport

Oroville Army Airfield
Oroville Municipal Airport - Topo.jpg
2006 USGS Orthopthoto
Airport typePublic
OperatorCity of Oroville
LocationOroville, California
Elevation AMSL192 ft / 58.5 m
Coordinates39°29′16.20″N 121°37′19.20″W / 39.4878333°N 121.6220000°W / 39.4878333; -121.6220000Coordinates: 39°29′16.20″N 121°37′19.20″W / 39.4878333°N 121.6220000°W / 39.4878333; -121.6220000
KOVE is located in California
Location of Oroville Municipal Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 6,020 1,835 Asphalt
12/30 3,540 1,079 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft Operations36,000
Based Aircraft124



Oroville Municipal Airport covers 920 acres (3.7 km2) and has two runways:

  • Runway 1/19: 6,020 x 100 ft (1,835 x 30 m), Surface: Asphalt
  • Runway 12/30: 3,540 x 100 ft (1,079 x 30 m), Surface: Asphalt

Table Mountain Aviation is part of the Oroville Municipal Airport, which lies approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) southwest of downtown.

The airport has two runways: Runway 1-19 (6,020 feet long and 100 feet wide) and Runway 12-30 (3,540 feet long and 100 feet wide). The runway system is anchored by three major parallel taxiways:

  • Taxiway A is a full-length 60-foot-wide taxiway (18 m) located on the east side of Runway 1-19
  • Taxiway J is a full-length 40-foot-wide taxiway (12 m) located on the west side of Runway 12-30
  • Taxiway R is a full-length 70-foot-wide taxiway (21 m) located on the east side of Runway 12-30

Three main apron areas exist on the airfield. The largest apron area is located around the Table Mountain Aviation FBO buildings. The FBO apron area is home to 38 tie-downs as well as the fuel tanks and provides access to Taxiway R to the west of the apron and Taxiway S to the north of the apron. The second largest apron area is located in the midfield area of the airfield, south of Runway 19. This apron area is home to 76 tie downs. The third apron area is located east of the Table Mountain Golf Course and provides space for 5 tie downs, and is ideal for golfers that fly to the Airport.


In 1936, the City of Oroville acquired 188 acres (0.76 km2) of grazing land for use as a municipal airport. During 1941, the city and the Works Project Administration (WPA) extended the runways and increased the total airport land area to 428 acres (1.73 km2).

In 1942, the War Department leased the Oroville Municipal Airport and renamed it Oroville Army Air Field (AAF). That same year the Army purchased an additional 381.98 acres (1.5458 km2) of land for expansion of the field and construction of a cantonment area. Once operational, it served as a fighter group training installation from spring of 1943 through early summer 1944. Two fighter groups rotated through Oroville AAF: the 357th Fighter Group (fighter group of famed pilots Chuck Yeager and Bud Anderson) and the 369th Fighter Group. Aircraft present at the field were identified as the Bell P-39Q Airacobra, North American P-51B/C/D Mustangs, and possibly the North American A-36 Apache, the ground attack version of the P-51.

Layout plans of the former Oroville AAF dated 1944 indicate a Bomb Storage Area west of the two runways and a skeet range between the southern extents of the runways. Fueling pit boxes were located along former Taxiways A (running parallel to runway 12/30) and C (connecting the southernmost ends of runways 1/19 and 12/30). A 1947 Inventory Report of Buildings and Structures states that bombs were stored in earth revetments.

In 1945 Oroville AAF was listed as “temporarily inactive” under assignment to Air Technical Service Command and was later classified as surplus. In 1946 the War Assets Administration (WAA) assumed custody of the site and on 21 May 1947, the WAA terminated the U.S. Army’s lease with the City of Oroville and returned ownership to civil authorities.

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

  1. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for OVE (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 13, 2014.

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