(former Gambell Army Airfield)
|IATA: GAM – ICAO: PAGM – FAA LID: GAM|
|Owner||State of Alaska DOT&PF - Northern Region|
|Elevation AMSL||27 ft / 8 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Airlines and non-stop destinations
|Bering Air||Nome, Savoonga|
|Era Alaska||Nome, Savoonga|
Gambell Airport was used as a transport base during World War II, facilitating the transit of Lend-Lease aircraft to the Soviet Union. It was also used by the USAAF as an emergency landing field for aircraft patrolling the west coast of Alaska.
On 27 February 1974, a Soviet Union An-24LR carrying a crew of 3 and 10 scientists on an ice-reconnaissance mission landed at Gambell due to fuel exhaustion in bad weather, causing a minor Cold War incident. Villagers, mostly Yupik Native Americans, provided space heaters and food. A U.S. Air Force C-130 flew in a load of fuel bladders with JP-1 fuel from Anchorage to refuel the An-24, which departed at 7:30 pm. She dipped her wings in salute in a pass over the airfield, then returned to Soviet airspace.
On 30 August 1975, Wien Air Alaska Flight 99, a Fairchild F-27B on approach to landing, crashed into Sevuokuk Mountain after multiple missed approaches, killing the pilot and co-pilot and eight others out of the 32 crew and passengers on board. The weather was a low ceiling with sea fog, and below approach minimums.
- FAA Alaska airport diagram (GIF)
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