First Royal Moroccan Air Force Base
|First Royal Air Force Base|
|IATA: RBA – ICAO: GMME
|Elevation AMSL||276 ft / 84 m|
First Royal Air Force Base (IATA: RBA, ICAO: GMME) is a military facility at Rabat-Salé Airport. The airport is located about 8 kilometres (5 mi) east-northeast of Rabat and about 90 km (56 mi) northeast of Casablanca.
During World War II, the airport was used as a military airfield by the United States Army Air Forces Twelfth Air Force during the North African campaign. The 319th Bombardment Group flew B-26 Marauders from the airfield between 25 Apr - 1 Jun 1943.
After the Americans moved out their active units in mid-1943, the airport was used as a stopover and landing field for Air Transport Command aircraft on the Casablanca-Algiers transport route. When the war ended, control of the airfield was returned to civil authorities.
During the early years of the Cold War, the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command (SAC) used the airport as headquarters for its 5th and 316th Air Divisions. Various SAC aircraft, primarily B-47 Stratojets and KC-97 Stratofreighters used the airport until the United States Air Force withdrew from Morocco in 1957.
The facility is now operated by the Royal Moroccan Air Force in its current form.
- Airport information for GMME from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
- Airport information for RBA at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).