Mirim Airport

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Mirim Airport
Pyongyang East Airfield
미림비행장
Mirim bihaengjang
Mirim pihaengjang
Coordinates 39°00′59.90″N 125°50′52.90″E / 39.0166389°N 125.8480278°E / 39.0166389; 125.8480278
Type Military airfield
Site information
Owner Korean People's Air Force
Controlled by Imperial Japanese Army Air Service
Korean People's Air Force
Condition disused
Site history
Built 1940s
Built by Imperial Japanese Army Air Service
In use 1940s-present
Materials concrete
Airfield information
Elevation 9 m (30 ft) AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
09/27 1,314 m (4,311 ft) 

Mirim Airport, also known as Pyongyang East Airfield or K-24 Air Base, is an airport in Mirim-dong, Sadong-guyok, Pyongyang-si, North Korea.

Facilities[edit]

The airfield has a single concrete runway 09/27 measuring 4310 x 69 feet (1314 x 21 m).[1] It is sited along the Taedong River on the eastern edge of the capital city of Pyongyang. It has several taxiways, but appears to have become disused for aviation.

North of the former airport is a 200 metres (660 ft) runway with two helipads and a single structure.

History[edit]

Korean War[edit]

Following the capture of Pyongyang on 19 October 1950 the air base was put into service by the UN forces. The USAF designated the base K-24.[2]

USAF units stationed at the base included:

UN units stationed at the base included:

UN forces abandoned the base on 5 December 1950 as part of the evacuation of Pyongyang in the face of the Chinese intervention.[5] On 10 December 1950 B-29s bombed the airfield with high-explosive bombs.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Landings database page "Landings.Com", accessed 10 Aug 2010,
  2. ^ Y'Blood, William (2002). Down in the weeds: Close air support in Korea. Air Force Historical Studies Office. p. 21. ISBN 9781428990173. 
  3. ^ a b c Y'Blood, p.21
  4. ^ Futrell, Frank (1983). The United States Air Force in Korea, 1950-1953. Air Force History & Museums Program. p. 217. ISBN 9780912799711. 
  5. ^ Appleman, p.316
  6. ^ Futrell, p.263