Martuba Air Base

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Martuba Air Base
Martuba Airport
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Summary
Airport type Military/Public
Owner Libyan National Army
Operator Libyan Air Force
Location Martuba, Libya
Elevation AMSL 1,014 ft / 309 m
Coordinates 32°32′30″N 022°44′40″E / 32.54167°N 22.74444°E / 32.54167; 22.74444Coordinates: 32°32′30″N 022°44′40″E / 32.54167°N 22.74444°E / 32.54167; 22.74444
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Martuba Air Base is located in Libya
Martuba Air Base
Martuba Air Base
Location in Libya
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 3,620 11,877 Asphalt

Martuba Air Base is a Libyan Air Force (Arabic: القوات الجوية الليبية‎‎, Berber: Adwas Alibyan Ujnna) base in the Derna District of Libya, located approximately 27 kilometres (17 mi) south-southeast of Derna, 268 kilometres (167 mi) east-northeast of Benghazi.

History[edit]

During World War II the airfield, then known as Martuba Airfield was used as a military airfield by the United States Army Air Force 57th Fighter Group during the North African Campaign against Axis forces. The 57th flew P-40 Warhawks from the airfield 16 November-3 December 1942.[1]

Military use[edit]

Its primary use is by the Libyan Air Force which has two sections at the base. The first section contains the main buildings and the hangars which contain Mil Mi-2 and Mil Mi-8 helicopters. The second section is the flightline containing taxiways, a ramp and a single runway. An Aeritalia G.222 is stored on the ramp but this section of the base appears to be a reserve facility.

Civilian use[edit]

The site is also used for the transportation of oilfield workers from production facilities in the area.

References[edit]

  1. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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