Rice Army Airfield is an abandoned Prewar military airfield located in the far north of the Cajon Pass.
Rice Airfield has in origins in the Second World War, being bought up by the United States Army in 1942 to train Reconnaissance pilots in anticipation for the invasion of Axis-occupied North Africa, known as Operation Torch. By 1943 its role had shifted to training Air Force Bomber pilots. In 1944 the base was removed from active duty and handed over to the Army Corps of Engineers in 1946. In 1949 the Airfield was opened as a civilian airport. Rice Field remained in or was reactivated to active military use until the Great War, as the wrecks of numerous modern military planes can be found around it.
The airport was heavily buried in radioactive fallout drifting East from Los Angeles, leaving it an abandoned ruin half-sunken in radioactive sand. What little remains above the surface has been picked clean by the Raider Alliance and other Scavengers.
- Rice Airfield marks the northernmost "boundary" of uncontaminated land in the Cajon Pass - immediately to the north of the ruined control tower and hangar in is a massive expanse of radioactive rand dunes.
Behind the Scenes Edit
- Rice Airfield is based on the real-life abandoned Rice Army Air Field, located in Rice Valley, California. Unlike the real Airfield, this equivalent appears to have remained in use past the late 1950s.
- Rice Airfield, in real life, is located well to the East of the Cajon Pass.