Brackett Field Airport (KPOC)

This California gem offers great mountain views and airplane watching.

Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
The arrival to Brackett Field Airport (KPOC) takes you through the Pomona Valley south of the San Gabriel Mountains approximately 35nm east of LAX.
Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
Look down on the city of Baldwin Park and Interstate 10 and pay homage to the original location of In-N-Out Burger chain that opened in 1948.
Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
The precision approaches to Runway 28L are a thing of beauty taking you down to just of 300 feet above TDZ.
Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
Even with the marine layer and urban smog drifting in from the west, Brackett rarely goes below landing minimums.
Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
Smooth air will accompany you down the glide slope allowing for a relatively worry-free landing.
Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
After touch down, taxi to transient parking on the south side of the field just behind the main terminal complex and the long blue awning.
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Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
The building contains a pilot shop, pilot’s lounge and Norm’s Hanger Coffee Shop, home of one of the best plane watching views anywhere.
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Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
For more than 25 years, Norm’s has offered American diner comfort food with a fantastic view of a fairly busy local strip.
Brackett Field Airport (KPOC)
Brackett Field Airport (KPOC)
Run by Norm’s daughter Kathy Touche since 2004, the coffee shop is an institution.
Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
It has a lot going for it. First, patrons get to listen to Brackett Tower communicating with pilots over the restaurant sound system. Second, nearly every seat has a view of the action a few hundred feet away.
Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
Third, breakfast is served all day.
Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
Lunch, as with breakfast, abounds with choices.
Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
Hot and Cold Sandwiches and Burgers ($4.50 - $8.25) are certainly plentiful, basically tasty yet come off as run-of-the mill.
Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
Norm’s is rightfully known for its ample portions, large selection and reasonable prices. It does have its downfalls. Sandwiches can be a bit flabby and over sauced.
Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
Even with the negatives, Norm’s is worth supporting.
Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport
The view of the San Gabriel Mountains from the awning-covered patio on a crisp midday afternoon, the camaraderie and the southern California hospitality are worth a trip.
Brackett Field Airport
Brackett Field Airport