Derby Airport

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Derby Airport
IATA: DRBICAO: YDBY
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Shire of Derby/West Kimberley
Location Derby, Western Australia
Elevation AMSL 24 ft / 7 m
Coordinates 17°22′12″S 123°39′38″E / 17.37000°S 123.66056°E / -17.37000; 123.66056Coordinates: 17°22′12″S 123°39′38″E / 17.37000°S 123.66056°E / -17.37000; 123.66056
Map
YDBY is located in Western Australia
YDBY
YDBY
Location in Western Australia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 1,158 3,799 Gravel/Asphalt
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

Derby Airport (IATA: DRBICAO: YDBY) is located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) southeast[1] of Derby, Western Australia.

History[edit]

The site of Derby airport was first set aside for aviation uses in 1922.[2] The airfield played a key role in the search for Charles Kingsford Smith's Southern Cross following a forced landing in the Kimberley region during 1929 in an incident that would become known as the "Coffee Royal Affair". Aviation pioneer Norman Brearley, used aircraft of his West Australian Airways in the initial search effort flying outwards from Derby.[3]

In 1938 it was proposed that Derby be used as a base for flying boat services carrying air mail from London to Australia via Egypt and Ceylon (Sri Lanka).[4]

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