Liangping Airport

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Liangping Airport
梁平机场
IATA: LIAICAO: ZULP
Summary
Airport type Military/Former public
Serves Wanzhou
Location Liangping, Chongqing, China
Coordinates 30°40′46″N 107°47′10″E / 30.67944°N 107.78611°E / 30.67944; 107.78611Coordinates: 30°40′46″N 107°47′10″E / 30.67944°N 107.78611°E / 30.67944; 107.78611
Map
LIA is located in Chongqing
LIA
LIA
Location of airport in Chongqing
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,300 7,546 Concrete
Source: [1]

Liangping Airport (Chinese: 梁平机场) (IATA: LIAICAO: ZULP), also called Wanzhou Liangping Airport, is a former dual-use military and civil airport, located west of Liangping (formerly called Liangshan) in Chongqing Municipality, China. It served the city of Wanxian (now Wanzhou District) from July 1988 until May 2003, when all civil flights were transferred to the new Wanzhou Wuqiao Airport.[2]

History[edit]

During World War II, the airport was known as Liangshan (Liang Shan) Airfield and was used by the United States Army Air Forces Fourteenth Air Force as part of the China Defensive Campaign (1942–1945). The airport was primarily used by transport units, flying C-47 Skytrain in and out of the airport carry supplies, troops and equipment. In addition, unarmed P-38 Lightning photo-reconnaissance aircraft flew from the airport, gathering intelligence over Japanese-held areas. The airport was defended by the 426th Night Fighter Squadron, which operated P-61 Black Widow interceptors on night missions against any attacking enemy aircraft in the Chongqing area. The Americans closed their facilities at the airport at the end of the war.

The airport was opened to commercial flights on 14 July 1988, and over the years had routes to Chengdu, Wuhan, Xi'an, Chongqing, and Guangzhou. During its heyday in 1992 and 1993, Liangping Airport was the 54th busiest among the 110 airports then in China. The airport had its final commercial flight on 25 May 2003.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for Liangping Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ a b 挥手作别梁平机场 (in Chinese). Carnoc.com. 27 May 2003. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.