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Buchanan Field Airport is located in Concord, California, USA, 27 nautical miles northeast of San Francisco International Airport, in Contra Costa County. The airport has a control tower and a high volume of general aviation traffic, with over 500 aircraft based on the field.

In 1942 Contra Costa County purchased land to build an airport for $88,000. The airport was being developed by the County when World War II broke-out and the United States Army Air Forces Fourth Air Force expropriated the site. The Army added additional land and built the airport facilities. They also built a training base for pilots and the base was known as Concord Army Airfield.

After World War II was over, in 1946 the War Assets Administration (WAA) returned the airport to the County for public use. In August 1946, the airport was renamed after County Supervisor William J. Buchanan, who served was a board member for more than forty years. The airport continued to be used on occasion by the U.S. Army to transport troops, especially during the Korean War.

Although the airport did not have commercial passenger service, in 1977 Buchanan Field Airport reached its peak level of activity with 357,000 operations. Buchanan Field was ranked the 16th busiest airport in the nation, ahead of San Francisco International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and LaGuardia Airport. Passenger service began in 1986, but ended in 1992. During this time noise became a concern and in 1988 the county Board of Supervisors instituted a county noise restriction ordinance restricting certain aircraft from operating at Buchanan Field.