Zamperini Field

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Zamperini Field
Lomita Landing Strip
Zamperini Field - California.jpg
31 May 1994 USGS photo
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Torrance
LocationTorrance, California
Elevation AMSL103 ft / 31 m
Coordinates33°48′12″N 118°20′23″W / 33.80333°N 118.33972°W / 33.80333; -118.33972Coordinates: 33°48′12″N 118°20′23″W / 33.80333°N 118.33972°W / 33.80333; -118.33972
KTOA is located in California
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11L/29R 5,000 1,524 Asphalt/Concrete
11R/29L 3,000 914 Asphalt/Concrete
Number Length Surface
ft m
HI 110 34 Asphalt
Statistics (2005)
Aircraft operations173,027
Based aircraft499
Uncataloged first day cover for the dedication of Zamperini Field, Torrance, CA. By Harry Burton Lewis, Public Relations / Operations Manager of Allied's Airports, Inc. and Ex. Sec. of Torrance Chamber of Commerce.
FAA diagram

Zamperini Field (IATA: TOA, ICAO: KTOA, FAA LID: TOA) is a public airport three miles (5 km) southwest of downtown Torrance, in Los Angeles County, California.[1]

The airport is classified by the FAA as a Regional Reliever[2] and was once known as Torrance Municipal Airport; it was renamed for local sports and war hero Louis Zamperini on December 7, 1946, the 5th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.


The airport was completed by the United States Army Air Forces on March 31, 1943,[3] and was known as Lomita Flight Strip. It was an emergency landing field for military aircraft on training flights, it was closed after World War II and the War Assets Administration (WAA) turned it over to local government. Once turned over to the City of Torrance it was renamed Zamperini Field on December 7, 1946.


Zamperini Field covers 506 acres (205 ha) and has two asphalt/concrete runways: 11L/29R, 5,000 x 150 ft (1,524 x 46 m) and 11R/29L, 3,000 x 75 ft (914 x 23 m), it has one asphalt helipad, 110 x 110 ft (34 x 34 m).[1]

In the year ending May 31, 2005 the airport had 173,027 aircraft operations, average 474 per day: 99% general aviation, 1% military and <1% air taxi. 499 aircraft are based at the airport: 89% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, 2% helicopter and <1% glider.[1]


Zamperini Field has a small terminal with a vending machine, conference room, bathroom, and flight planning room. Outside a patio has small tables. Inside the terminal are historical papers related to the airport on the wall and a security post. A Lockheed T-33 (#52-9239) is on display on the turn court outside the terminal[4].

Helicopter operations[edit]

The helipad for a neighboring hospital, the Torrance Medical Center, is at the north-west corner of the airfield.


Zamperini Field is the home of Robinson Helicopter Company, their entire production, assembly, and testing facilities are on the southeast side of the airfield and are the largest buildings at the field.


Zamperini Field is the new home of the Western Museum of Flight, previously in Hawthorne, California.

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  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for TOA (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-10-25
  2. ^ "2015–2019 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 7.89 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. January 20, 2015. Cite web requires |website= (help)
  3. ^ Lobb 2006, p. 23.
  4. ^ "52-9239 USAF". Aerial Visuals. 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2019-08-23.

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


  • Lobb, Charles. Torrance Airport. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2006. ISBN 978-0-7385-4662-9
  • Shaw, Frederick J. Locating Air Force Base Sites: History's Legacy. Washington, D.C.: United States Air Force History and Museums Program, 2004. ISBN 978-0-16072-415-2

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