Danilo Atienza Air Base

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This article is about the site's current use as a military base operations. For former Spanish and U.S. operations, see Naval Station Sangley Point.
Major Danilo Atienza Air Base
Baseng Panghimpapawid "Comandante Danilo Atienza"
Cavite City, Philippines
Danilo Atienza Air Base - Control Tower.jpg
Control tower at Danilo Atienza Air Base
Coordinates 14°29′28.74″N 120°53′37.99″E / 14.4913167°N 120.8938861°E / 14.4913167; 120.8938861
Type Military base
Site information
Owner  Philippines
Controlled by Philippine Air Force
Condition active, as of 2014
Site history
Built 1898
Built by  United States
In use 1898 - 1971  United States
1971 - present  Philippines
Garrison information
  • 15th Strike Wing
  • 451st Supply Squadron
  • 570th Composite Tactical Wing
  • 1308th Dental Dispensary
  • MF-30 Squadrons
  • MF-40 Squadrons
Danilo Atienza Air Base
Operator Philippine Air Force
Location Cavite City, Cavite Province, Philippines
Built 1945[1][2]
In use 1945 - Present
Elevation AMSL 8 ft / 2.44 m
Coordinates 14°29′28.74″N 120°53′37.99″E / 14.4913167°N 120.8938861°E / 14.4913167; 120.8938861Coordinates: 14°29′28.74″N 120°53′37.99″E / 14.4913167°N 120.8938861°E / 14.4913167; 120.8938861
Danilo Atienza Air Base is located in Philippines
Danilo Atienza Air Base
Danilo Atienza Air Base
Location in the Philippines
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 7,769 2,367 Asphalt

Danilo Atienza Air Base (IATA: SGLICAO: RPLS) is a military base used by the Philippine Air Force, located on the northern end of Cavite Peninsula in Manila Bay, Luzon Island, the Philippines. It is adjacent to Cavite City, in Cavite Province.


On 1 September 1971, the U.S. Naval Station Sangley Point base was turned over the Philippine Navy and Air Force, with the facility being renamed Sangley Point Air Base. The two services jointly operated the facility.

1989 coup[edit]

During the December 1989 coup attempt, the base was seized by rebellious military personnel. During the brief period of combat between loyalist and revolutionary elements of the military, a squadron of four F-5A's led by Major Danilo Atienza repeatedly bombed and strafed Sangley Point Air Base, destroying several T-28 combat planes belonging to the coup forces. Unfortunately, Major Atienza's plane crashed during the otherwise successful operation, and he was killed. After the coup was put down, Sangley Point Air Base was renamed as the Major Danilo Atienza Air Base in 1992.

Present day[edit]

As of 2009 the base is home to the Philippine Air Force's 15th Strike Wing, 451st Supply Squadron, 570th Composite Tactical Wing, and 1308th Dental Dispensary. It was also home to the Philippine Navy's MF-30 and MF-40 Squadrons and Naval Air School Center (NATS-50).[3]

Sangley Airport Development[edit]

Atienza Air Base is the planned site of Sangley International Airport, the leading option for the eventual replacement of Ninoy Aquino International Airport.[4] Following extensive land reclamation and new transportation connections, the current airbase will be absorbed into the much larger development.[5]

Since Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016, Transportation Secretary Arturo Tugade announced that new Airport project bidding will be in January 2017 and the construction will start by mid-2017, to ease congestion at NAIA and traffic along Metro Manila, NAIA however will be become as domestic terminal and Terminal 3 is for low cost carriers. The new airport project can accommodate for Airbus A380 aircraft. Major airlines such as Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific (which possibly become as a full service carrier) will expand their air fleets.[6]


Danilo Atienza Air Base
Aerial view of Sangley Point and Cavite City (c. 1964)
on Cavite Peninsula in Manila Bay 
Aerial view of base and Cavite City (c. 1964)
on Cavite Peninsula in Manila Bay

See also[edit]