Lyon–Bron Airport

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Lyon–Bron Airport
Aéroport de Lyon-Bron
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) Y-6
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IATA: LYNICAO: LFLY

LYN is located in France
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Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Aéroports de Lyon SA
Serves Lyon, France
Location Bron, France
Elevation AMSL 659 ft / 201 m
Coordinates 45°43′46″N 004°56′20″E / 45.72944°N 4.93889°E / 45.72944; 4.93889
Website bron.aeroport.fr
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 1,820 5,971 Paved
Source: French AIP[1]

Lyon–Bron Airport (French: Aéroport de Lyon-Bron) (IATA: LYNICAO: LFLY) is an airport located in Bron, 10 kilometres (6 mi) east of Lyon,[1] both communes of the Rhône department in the Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France.

History[edit]

The airport was established in 1920 and became an international airport in 1924 with flights to Geneva, Switzerland.

After the 1940 Battle of France during World War II initially the Lyon area was part of the southern unoccupied zone of France (Vichy France), and limited air service remained at the airport. In addition, the Vichy French Air Force (French: Armée de l'Air de Vichy) stationed GR I/36, equipped with Potez 630 heavy fighters at the airport. However, after the Allied invasion of French North Africa (Operation Torch), Nazi forces moved into the area (Case Anton) in November 1942 and took control of Bron Airport and seized the military aircraft assigned to it.

It was used as a military airfield beginning in 1943 by the German Luftwaffe, being used as a RADAR station by Nachtjagdraumführer 109 (NJRF 109) to detect Royal Air Force bombers flying over Occupied France at night to targets in Italy. It was attacked by the United States Army Air Force 407th Bombardment Squadron (92d BG) in April 1944, causing heavy damage.

After the Normandy Invasion of France by Allied Forces, the USAAF 50th Fighter Group used the airport flying P-47 Thunderbolts in support of ground forces in Southern France from September 25 though November, 1944. It was designated as Advanced Landing Ground "Y-6". The 121st Liaison Squadron flew Cessna UC-78 and Stinson L-5 observation aircraft in support of the Sixth Army Group from the airport until March 1945, ending American military use of the airport.

After the war, it was the main commercial airport for Lyon. In 1950/51 when, as a result of the Cold War threat of the Soviet Union, Bron Airport was proposed by the United States Air Force to become a USAF air logistics and maintenance depot as part of a NATO commitment to establish a modern Air Force Base at the site. In the ongoing negotiations, the site was ultimately rejected.[2]

In 1975 commercial airline traffic was moved to the new Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport, and Bron Airport is now used for general aviation.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b LFLY – LYON BRON (PDF). AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 11 Dec 2014.
  2. ^ McAuliffe, Jerome J: U.S. Air Force in France 1950–1967 (2005), Chapter 2, Base Selection and Movement to France, 1950–1954

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