Wednesday, July 13, 2005 Former Navy pilot is new manager of airport The Nevada City (CA) Union Greg Marshall, a retired Navy pilot with experience in civil aviation, is the new manager of Nevada County Airport. Marshall started work July 5, about a year after moving to Lake Wildwood following a stint as general manager of aircraft maintenance for Kaiser Air at Oakland International Airport. "I came up here with the intention of doing something," Marshall said. "When this job came open in February, it seemed like a good fit." Marshall said he and his wife, Lin, moved to western Nevada County for the quality of life and to be midway between their children. Their daughter still lives in the Bay Area, and their son is a sheriff's deputy in Nevada. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Marshall flew the A4 Skyhawk and A7 Corsair off aircraft carriers for 20 years before retiring as a commander in 1987. He flew 200 missions in Vietnam and racked up 3,500 flying hours in the service. He's worked in the aerospace, semiconductor and aviation fields since retiring from the Navy. At a glance . Nevada County Airport is home base to more than 140 airplanes that include home-built, commercial charter, ultralight and other private planes. . The airport is also the home of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Grass Valley Air Attack Base, which includes two Grumman S-1 air tankers and an air attack lead plane. . The airport can handle large private jets, such as the Gulfstream G4, but not commercial jets. . Over 30,000 takeoffs and landings occur every year on the airport's two runways, each 4,350 feet long. . The airport was built in 1932 by Errol McBoyle, owner of the Idaho-Maryland Mine, to fly gold to Mills Field, the predecessor of San Francisco International Airport. . In 1956, Charles Litton of Litton Industries gave the airport land to Nevada County as a gift.
Attached Photo: Greg Marshall. New Nevada County Airport manager
Greg Marshall stands alongside the airport's Chuck Yeager monument Tuesday.