Maloelap Airport

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Maloelap Airport

Taroa Airfield
Elevation AMSL4 ft / 1.2 m
Coordinates8°42′18″N 171°13′50″E / 8.70500°N 171.23056°E / 8.70500; 171.23056Coordinates: 8°42′18″N 171°13′50″E / 8.70500°N 171.23056°E / 8.70500; 171.23056
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 3,500 1,067 turf

Maloelap Airport is a public use airport located on Taroa Island in Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands. This airport is assigned the location identifier 3N1 by the FAA[1] and MAV by the IATA.[2]


Maloelap Airport is at an elevation of 4 feet (1.2 m) above mean sea level. The runway is designated 04/22 with a turf surface measuring 3,500 by 150 feet (1,067 x 46 m).[1] There are no aircraft based at Maloelap.[1]


During World War II, Taroa Airfield was a major Japanese airbase approximately three miles long and one mile wide. The airfield was Japan's easternmost airbase of the War. Heavily bombed during the war, it was a favorite target for bombers from Makin Airfield, Tarawa and Abemama. Remnants of the airbase, defenses, and battles can still be found on the island; about 1,200 feet from the southwest end of the airport lies the wreck of the Toreshima Maru, a Japanese supply ship sunk in December 1943.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air Marshall Islands Aur, Majuro

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for 3N1 (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-10-22.
  2. ^ "MAV - Taroa Island, Marshall Islands - Maloelap Airport". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  3. ^ "Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2002). Modern Shipwrecks in the Marshall Islands--Wreck of the Toreshima Maru in Maloelap Lagoon--A Photo Essay". Digital Micronesia-An Electronic Library & Archive. Retrieved 2009-11-09.

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