Abandoned Places, Wickenburg, Arizona
Abandoned Echeverria Field
I visited the Abandoned Echeverria Field and found all structures torn down with the exception of the main hanger. By the looks of the damage this place has received over the years, I’m amazed it still stands. The property had a large engine room but has been removed, I assume for scrap. The hanger is located about a mile off route 60.
Echeverria Field started out in 1940 as a (AAF) Army Air Forces contract glider pilot school during WW2, operated by the Arizona Gliding Academy & the Claiborne Flight Academy. According to the book "Best Place in the Country" by Mike Hoza & Steve Hoza, the Claiborne Flight Academy was owned by Harry Claiborne, and began training pilots in 1942. By 1943, glider training ended at the Claiborne Flight Academy, and a primary flight training school began operation, for powered aircraft. Over the years this location exchanged many names and is curently listed as an active public-use airport, under the name of Forepaugh Airport.