Minami Torishima Airport
|Minami Torishima Airbase
Marcus Island Airport
Minami Torishima Airbase in view on the island, Minami Torishima
|Owner/Operator||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|Elevation AMSL||22 ft / 7 m|
Minami Torishima Airbase (南鳥島航空基地 Minami Torishima Kōkūkichi?), often called Marcus Island Airport, is a one runway airport serving the island of Minami Torishima. The aerodrome used to be a military airstrip and according to the Japanese Aeronautical Information Service it is still operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.
The airstrip existence dates to 1935 when the Imperial Japanese Navy built one to serve a meteorological station. The original airfield consisted of two airstrips (cleared area of 4000' and 4500', but only shorter sections used as landing area) in a v-shaped formation.
The airstrips facilities were damaged by US bombing of the island during World War II, it was re-built with a single runway by the United States. Until 1993, the airstrip was used and controlled by the United States Coast Guard to service the nearby LORAN-C station. In 2009 the airstrip was transferred to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force which currently retains control of the airstrip and is used by the Japan Meteorological Agency to service and staff their operations on the island.
- AIS Japan
- http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/USN-CN-Raids/maps/USN-CN-Raids-10.jpg Drawing of island and original airstrip c.1940s
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