Danilo Atienza Air Base

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This article is about site's current as a military base operations. For former Spanish and U.S. operations, see: Naval Station Sangley Point
Major Danilo Atienza Air Base
Cavite City, Philippines
Danilo Atienza Air Base - Control Tower.jpg
Control tower at Danilo Atienza Air Base
Coordinates 14°29′28.74″N 120°53′37.99″E / 14.4913167°N 120.8938861°E / 14.4913167; 120.8938861
Type Military base
Site information
Owner  Philippines
Controlled by Philippine Air Force
Condition active, as of 2014
Site history
Built 1898
Built by  United States
In use 1898 - 1971  United States
1971 - present  Philippines
Garrison information
Garrison
  • 15th Strike Wing
  • 451st Supply Squadron
  • 570th Composite Tactical Wing
  • 1308th Dental Dispensary
  • MF-30 Squadrons
  • MF-40 Squadrons
Danilo Atienza Air Base
IATA: SGLICAO: RPLS
Summary
Operator Philippine Air Force
Location Cavite City, Cavite Province, Philippines
Built

1945 [1]

[2]
In use 1945 - Present
Elevation AMSL 8 ft / 2.44 m
Coordinates 14°29′28.74″N 120°53′37.99″E / 14.4913167°N 120.8938861°E / 14.4913167; 120.8938861
Map
Danilo Atienza Air Base is located in Philippines
Danilo Atienza Air Base
Danilo Atienza Air Base
Location in the Philippines
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 7,769 2,367 Asphalt

Danilo Atienza Air Base (IATA: SGLICAO: RPLS) is a military base used by the Philippine Air Force, located on the northern end of Cavite Peninsula in Manila Bay, Luzon Island, the Philippines. It is adjacent to Cavite City, in Cavite Province.

History[edit]

On 1 September 1971, the U.S. Naval Station Sangley Point base was turned over the Philippine Navy and Air Force, with the facility being renamed Sangley Point Air Base. The two services jointly operated the facility.

1989 coup[edit]

During the December 1989 coup attempt, the base was seized by rebellious military personnel. During the brief period of combat between loyalist and revolutionary elements of the military, a squadron of four F-5A's led by Major Danilo Atienza repeatedly bombed and strafed Sangley Point Air Base, destroying several T-28 combat planes belonging to the coup forces. Unfortunately, Major Atienza's plane crashed during the otherwise successful operation, and he was killed. After the coup was put down, Sangley Point Air Base was renamed as the Major Danilo Atienza Air Base in 1992.

Present day[edit]

As of 2009 the base is home to the Philippine Air Force's 15th Strike Wing, 451st Supply Squadron, 570th Composite Tactical Wing, and 1308th Dental Dispensary. It was also home to the Philippine Navy's MF-30 and MF-40 Squadrons and Naval Air School Center (NATS-50).[3]

Gallery[edit]

Danilo Atienza Air Base
Aerial view of Sangley Point and Cavite City (c. 1964)
on Cavite Peninsula in Manila Bay 
Aerial view of base and Cavite City (c. 1964)
on Cavite Peninsula in Manila Bay

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Coordinates: 14°29′28.74″N 120°53′37.99″E / 14.4913167°N 120.8938861°E / 14.4913167; 120.8938861