Chofu Airport

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Chōfu Airport
調布飛行場
Chōfu Hikōjō
Chofu airport 3.jpg
IATA: noneICAO: RJTF
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Location Chōfu, Tokyo
Elevation AMSL 139 ft / 42 m
Coordinates 35°40′18″N 139°31′41″E / 35.67167°N 139.52806°E / 35.67167; 139.52806Coordinates: 35°40′18″N 139°31′41″E / 35.67167°N 139.52806°E / 35.67167; 139.52806
Map
RJTF is located in Japan
RJTF
RJTF
Location in Japan
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 800 2,625 Asphalt concrete
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan[1]

Chofu Airport (調布飛行場 Chōfu Hikōjō?) (ICAO: RJTF) is an airport located 1.2 NM (2.2 km; 1.4 mi) northwest[1] of Chōfu, Tokyo, Japan, west of central Tokyo. It is administered by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The airport's main commercial activity is New Central Airlines commuter flights to the islands south of Tokyo.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
New Central Airlines Kōzushima, Miyakejima, Niijima, Oshima

History[edit]

Chofu Airport was opened in 1941. Used as an Imperial Japanese Army Air Force base during World War II, the airfield was equipped with Ki-61 fighters used for air defense against USAAF B-29 Superfortress attacks. Occupied after the war by American forces, the airport was briefly used as a photo-reconnaissance airfield by (F-5) aircraft of the 6th and 71st Reconnaissance Groups beginning in late September 1945, mapping the extent of wartime damage over Honshū. The mapping flights ended in January 1946, ending operational military use by the Americans. The 6th Photo Recon Group then moved to Irumugawa AAFB (later Johnson AAFB). The 8th Photo Recon Sq flying F5s became the 82nd Tactical Recon Sq. flying F6s (P51s). The United States Air Force saw no need for the facility, especially given its proximity to the densely populated urban area. It was turned over to the occupation government in 1946, eventually being returned to Japanese control.

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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