Captain Germán Olano Moreno Air Base

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Captain Germán Olano Moreno Air Base
Base Aérea Capitán Germán Olano Moreno
Airport type Military: Air Force Base
Operator Colombian Air Force
Location Palanquero / Puerto Salgar, Colombia
Built August 27, 1933
In use 1933 - Present
Commander Brigadier General Guillermo León León
Occupants Comando Aéreo de Combate No. 1
Elevation AMSL 173 m / 566 ft
Coordinates 5°29′01″N 74°39′26″W / 5.48361°N 74.65722°W / 5.48361; -74.65722
PAL is located in Colombia
Location of the airport in Colombia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,044 9,987 Asphalt
Source: WAD[1] GCM[2] Google Maps[3]

Captain Germán Olano Moreno Air Base (Spanish: Base Aérea Capitán Germán Olano Moreno) (IATA: PALICAO: SKPQ) is a Colombian military base assigned to the Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana or FAC) Combat Air Command No. 1 (Comando Aéreo de Combate No. 1 or CACOM 1). The base is located in Palanquero, near Puerto Salgar, in the Cundinamarca department of Colombia.[4] It is named in honor of Captain Germán Olano Moreno.[5]


The air base resides at an elevation of 566 feet (173 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 18/36 with an asphalt surface measuring 9,987 by 164 feet (3,044 m × 50 m).[1]


Officially inaugurated August 27, 1933 by the president of the republic Enrique Olaya Herrera, as the nacional airport of La Dorada.[6]

In 1932, due to the conflict with Peru, the idea to create a base in a central strategic location was gaining hold. Back then the Hacienda Palanquero was already in use as an airport by the Colombian-German airline Scadta since 1919.[7]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 31 December 2014, A Colombian Air Force IAI Kfir C10 combat aircraft from 111 Squadron of the 1st Combat Air Command (CACOM-1) crashed while undertaking a training mission over La Dorada in Caldas. The pilot ejected following a technical failure while on approach to the Palanquero airbase in Puerto Salgar, Cundinamarca. "Colombian Kfir fighter lost to accident". 
  • On 18 February 2009, Basler BT-67 FAC 1670 of the Fuerza Aérea Colombiana crashed near the base on a local training flight. All five crew were killed.[8][9]
  • On 15 May 2009, FAC 3031 Dassault Mirage 5 of the Colombian Air Force crashed above the 36 heading after a failed take-off. The pilot made the emergency procedures and ejected, leaving unharmed.

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