|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia. (January 2012)|
|IATA: none – ICAO: RJOY|
|Operator||Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport|
|Elevation AMSL||33 ft / 10 m|
|Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan|
Yao Airport (八尾空港 Yao Kūkō ) (ICAO: RJOY) is a general aviation airport in Yao, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Located 8.1 NM (15.0 km; 9.3 mi) southeast of Ōsaka Station, it is also an airbase for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. Two Japanese Ground Self Defense Force units are based at Yao,the Chubu Herikoputatai with Fuji UH-1H/UH-1J and Kawasaki OH-6D and the III Hikotai(Squadron) with Fuji UH-1J and Kawasaki OH-6D.
Yao is the only second class airport in Japan that does not have scheduled airline services.
The airport started as Hanshin Aviation School in 1938. Two years later the airfield was seized by the army as the Taishō Airfield and expanded. After the World War II, the occupation forces called it the Hanshin Airfield before it was returned to the Japanese control.
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