The early weeks of the construction proved to be more difficult than expected. Initial reports on the site were incorrect. The site was marshy and flooded so a dike and drainage canals needed to be constructed before progress on the field itself could begin. In a little over a week Adak Army Airfield or Longview was serviceable to the small B-18. Later the standard steel pierced planking was laid down, which allowed much heavier planes to land at the base. These included the supply and troop carriers that would bring the men and materials necessary to construct an staff the base. later in the month asphalt was laid down and more planes were brought in to reinforce the air group. The planes that were flow out of this field include the B-17, B-24,B-25,B-26 P-38,P-40 and the P-39.
Combat operations against the Japanese on Kiska and Attu began weeks before the runways were fully paved. The early missions against the occupying forces consisted of strafing runs on parked planes and cargo ships. Later missions would target the harbors to prevent the troops their from being resupplied. The heavier bomber were ordered to attack the main body of troops located on the island of Attu. When the invasion of the islands was launched fighters were positioned to provide air cover while the ground forces slogged up the muddy islands. Once the islands were clear of the Japanese they were of little use to the war effort and were limited to patrol missions over local Alaskan towns. After the war however ownership was passed on to the U.S. navy to base P-3 Sub hunters.