King Abdulaziz Air Base
|King Abdulaziz Air Base|
|قاعدة الملك عبد العزيز الجوية
مطار الظهران الدولي
|Dhahran, Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia|
Shown within Saudi Arabia
|Owner||Armed Forces of Saudi Arabia|
|Operator||Royal Saudi Air Force|
|Garrison||RSAF Wings 3 & 11|
|Identifiers||IATA: DHA, ICAO: OEDR|
|Elevation||26 metres (85 ft) AMSL|
The airport terminal building is one of the architectural works of Minoru Yamasaki, and was completed in 1961. The architecture is a blending of traditional Islamic forms with modern technology. For example the flight control tower has the appearance of a minaret. Images of the terminal have been used on Saudi banknotes and is viewed as having influenced the design of a number of important buildings throughout the Middle East.
In 1999, after the opening of the King Fahd International Airport, all scheduled flights were shifted out of Dhahran International Airport.
Between 1963 and 1999 the base was called Dhahran Air Base.
The Gulf War
During October 1994 the 23d Wing's (Flying Tigers) 75th Fighter Squadron (Tigersharks) and its full complement of Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt IIs initially deployed from Pope AFB, North Carolina to Dhahran Air Base, Saudi Arabia, followed by the first forward deployment to Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait.
During 1999 the base was renamed to King Abdulaziz Air Base.
Dhahran International Airport has been transformed into a military airbase. It has been renamed King Abdulaziz Air Base and serves the purposes of the Royal Saudi Air Force. There are also a couple of VIP airlines that operate out of DHA. Aviation link company operates one A319 and B777-200. There is also nexus flight operations that operates one A319.
- RSAF 3 Wing:
- RSAF 11 Wing:
- "19 Years Over Iraq". The Official RAF Annual Review 2010 (Stamford: Key Publishing): p. 12. December 2010. Check date values in:
- "Royal Saudi Air Force - Dhahran (King Abdullah Aziz Air Base) (OEDR)". Scramble.nl. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- Dhahran International Airport (in Arabic)
- Airport information for OEDR at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
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