Cloncurry Airport

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Cloncurry Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorCloncurry Shire Council
LocationCloncurry, Queensland
Elevation AMSL616 ft / 188 m
Coordinates20°40′07″S 140°30′16″E / 20.66861°S 140.50444°E / -20.66861; 140.50444Coordinates: 20°40′07″S 140°30′16″E / 20.66861°S 140.50444°E / -20.66861; 140.50444
YCCY is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 1,157 3,796 Asphalt
12/30 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

Cloncurry Airport (IATA: CNJ, ICAO: YCCY) is an airport in Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia.


QANTAS biplane at Cloncurry, 1923 Airco de Havilland DH.9C G-AUEF was acquired by QANTAS in 1923 for the Charleville - Cloncurry route. Pilot, Captain G. Matthews is on the left and Mr. A. N. Templeton is on the right.

Cloncurry Airport has been the focal point for many of Australia’s greatest innovations. Cloncurry was involved with the beginnings of QANTAS, and the original QANTAS hangar is still in use at the aerodrome, where "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service" is still displayed above the hangar door.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service was founded there in 1928, now recognised the world over. The airport was also on route for early planes coming from overseas and a stopping place for contestants in the great air races of 1919 and 1934.

World War II[edit]

Due to the strategic importance of Cloncurry aerodrome on the main Darwin–Sydney air route, the Royal Australian Air Force expanded the aerodrome during World War II. Intended to be a major airbase should the Empire of Japan have occupied New Guinea and Papua.

During the Second World War, Cloncurry Airport was the site of a major United States Army Air Forces air base in 1942. As the war moved north, the USAAF units located north to forward bases.

List of wartime military units based at Cloncurry Aerodrome[edit]

HQ 19th Bomb Group assigned to Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria
28th Bombardment Squadron, (28 March-5 May 1942)
Detachment operated from: Perth Airport, Perth, Western Australia, (28 March-18 May 1942)
30th Bombardment Squadron, (24 March-13 May 1942)
93d Bombardment Squadron, (29 March-18 May 1942)

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Aeroplane fuselage under construction, Cloncurry, ca. 1927 Brims Brothers Plywood Factory made the plywood which was used for construction of the aeroplane bodies by Qantas airways in the 1920s.
Alliance Airlines Townsville
QantasLink operated by Sunstate Airlines Mount Isa, Townsville
Virgin Australia
operated by Alliance Airlines
Brisbane, Mount Isa

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YCCY – Cloncurry (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 08 November 2018, Aeronautical Chart Archived 25 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  • Pacific Wrecks database
  • RAAF Museum website
  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556.