Installation Info: Zip Code: 92135, Area Code: 619, DSN: 735
North Island Naval Air Station, 15 miles north of the San Diego airport, is part of the largest aerospace complex in the Navy. Home to the Naval Aviation Depot, it is the largest aerospace employer in the San Diego area.
The base is northwest of Coronado, a town of about 26,000 people. Commissioned in 1917 as a naval air station, the base derives its name from the original area. Coronado Island was purchased in 1886. The south part of the island was integrated into the city of Coronado, but the north part was not developed. In 1917 the Navy came to the area with several covered tents to form a camp known as "Camp Trouble." The base gained some fame in 1927 when Charles Lindbergh took off from North Island on the first leg of a journey that ended with his historic solo flight from New York to Paris. The base was a training facility during WWII and the Korean War.
North Island NAS is a 5,000-acre complex including Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Outlying Field Imperial Beach and Naval Landing Facility, San Clemente Island. Base housing is limited.
Recreation activities within North Island NAS include bowling, golf, tennis, fishing and many more outdoor and water sports. The Coronado area boasts many state parks and beaches, including Coronado Central Beach, Silver Strand State Park, Glorietta Bay Park and Centennial Park.