|Naval Air Station Barbers Point
John Rodgers Field
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Elevation AMSL||30 ft / 9 m|
Naval Air Station Barbers Point (ICAO: PHJR, FAA LID: JRF), on O'ahu, also called John Rodgers Field (the original name of Honolulu International Airport), is a former United States Navy airfield closed in the 1990s. It was later reopened as Kalaeloa Airport in 1999. Parts of the former air station serve as a film and television studio for the Hawaii State Film Office.
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On December 7, 1941, Barbers Point was one of the many targets attacked by the Japanese during the attack on Pearl Harbor. During the second wave, American pilots George Welch and Kenneth Taylor engaged Japanese aircraft, shooting down two aircraft.
NAS Barbers Point was closed by Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) action in the 1990s, with the Navy aircraft, primarily P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft assigned to squadrons of Patrol Wing Two, relocating to Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, now Marine Corps Base Hawaii, on the other side of the island. However, Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, with its complement of HH-65 Dolphin helicopters and HC-130H Hercules aircraft, remained after the Navy's departure. Also, after the Vietnam conflict, the United States Army posted a CH-47 Chinook company, the "Hillclimbers", supporting the Army's 25th Inf Div and USARPAC, and it was moved to the historic Wheeler Army Airfield, Schofield Barracks, for HI National Guard use. Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point is the only Coast Guard Air Station within the 14th United States Coast Guard District. It is also home to Naval Air Museum Barbers Point which preserves the history of the base and also has a collection of aircraft that reflect the US Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard's presence on Barbers Point and in the state of Hawaii.
By early 2017, the massive building which once served as the air station's aircraft maintenance facility had been leased by Navy Region Hawaii to the Hawaiian Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and the Hawaii State Film Office for use as a film and television studio. The Hawaii State Film Office had been interested in developing space on the former airfield into a filming studio to compliment the department's only other studio, Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head in East Oahu. Donne Dawson, commissioner of the Hawaii State Film Office, stated that the new facility would "have all the components of a film office, such as office space for all departments, space for their props and wardrobes and a mill for set construction," and noted that, had Navy Region Hawaii not agreed to the lease, "there were not a lot of options" available to interested production companies beyond retrofitting warehouse space. ABC Studios and Marvel Television's Inhumans was the first production to use the newly created production facility.
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