Kuala Lumpur Old Airport
RMAF Kuala Lumpur
Simpang Air Force Base
Lapangan Terbang Simpang
Lapangan Terbang Kuala Lumpur
TUDM Kuala Lumpur
|IATA: KUL – ICAO: WMKF|
|Operator||Royal Malaysian Air Force|
|Location||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+08:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||111 ft / 34 m|
|Simpang Air Base|
|RAF Kuala Lumpur|
|Part of Royal Malaysian Air Force|
|Type||Air Force Base|
It served as the main airport for Kuala Lumpur from 1952 to 1965 under the name Kuala Lumpur International Airport, until the main airport was moved to Subang International Airport. It was the first airport to serve Kuala Lumpur and currently remains as the only airport to be located within the boundaries of Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory.
Formerly known as RAF Kuala Lumpur, today it is used by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (Malay: Tentera Udara DiRaja Malaysia), Royal Malaysian Police Air Wing, and the air unit of the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department.
The airport was supposed to be demolished to make way for a housing estate, but that plan was cancelled and the airport is still used for air force flights. There had been non-fatal accidents before, involving single engine airplanes, at the surrounding roads and flyovers which are usually very busy during rush hours.
The airport also houses the TUDM Museum, which is the only aviation museum in Malaysia. There is no entrance fee, and there are a total of 18 aircraft at the museum, including a de Havilland Tiger Moth and one of the few surviving Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneers. Some of the aircraft are accessible, like the de Havilland Dove.
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