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Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport

Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic
OperatorRiverside County
LocationThermal, California
Elevation-34.7 m (-115 ft)

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Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport is a public airport located in Thermal, California, 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Palm Springs.

Built during World War II and used by both the US Army and US Navy, Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport has had several name changes. As a civilian facility, it was called Thermal Airport from 1948 to 1998. To better reflect its regional function, the name was then changed to Desert Resorts Regional Airport. The most recent name change, to honor the pioneering aviator and Indio resident Jacqueline Cochran, took place in 2004.

The airport is one mile (1.6 km) west of the California State Route 86S expressway and six miles (10 km) south of Interstate 10 in the lower Coachella Valley of central Riverside County, an area known as the Desert Resorts Region. The communities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Coachella, Indio and Thermal surround the airport.

The facility hosts an air show in late November, showcasing both full-scale aircraft and radio controlled models as flown by members of the Coachella Valley Radio Control Club. Due to that club's proximity to the facility, both the club and the airport work closely in mid-January to establish no-fly zones for the club's "Best In The West" national jet rally. A temporary model operational ceiling of 2000' (610m) is established during that time due to the size and speed of the models which participate.

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