Ambri Airport

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Ambri Airport
Aeroporto di Ambri Ambri Airport (LSPM).jpg
The airport seen from the northern valley side
Summary
Airport type Private
Location Quinto
Elevation AMSL 3,214 ft / 980 m
Coordinates 46°30′47″N 8°41′22″E / 46.51306°N 8.68944°E / 46.51306; 8.68944
Website www.ambri-airport.ch/
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 6,529 1,990 Asphalt
Ambri Airport in the valley of the Ticino River, as seen from the west

Ambri Airport (ICAO: LSPM) is a Swiss general aviation airport. It located near the village of Ambrì, in the municipality of Quinto, canton of Ticino. Ambri serves the surrounding area and is home to a gliding school, a helicopter base and has sufficiency for VFR flying.

The airport is situated in the steep-sided alpine valley of the Ticino river. It is flanked to the north by the A2 motorway and the river, and to the south by the Gotthard railway and the villages of Ambri and Piotta.

History[edit]

Ambri Airport began as a Swiss Air Force base, built during World War II. It was home to the Fighter Squadron 8, whose fleet included the EKW C-35, Messerschmitt Bf 109, de Havilland Vampire, de Havilland Venom and the Hawker Hunter.[1]

The mountains surrounding the airport housed bunkers of which were home to tactical buildings, fighter aircraft and troops. The bunkers were accessed by taxiways that passed under the A2 motorway, and over the Ticino river.[1]

In 1994 the Swiss Air Force base was deactivated, and the airfield converted into a civilian airport. The Aircraft cavern that formerly accommodated the base still exist but are now empty.[1][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Home". Ambri Airport. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  2. ^ "Ambri Airport". www.zone-interdite.net. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 

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