Nampong Air Force Base

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Nampong Air Force Base
Roundel of the Myanmar Air Force.svg
West Nampong Airport
IATA: noneICAO: VYNP
Summary
Airport type Military
Serves Myitkyina
Location Myitkyina, Myanmar
Elevation AMSL 140 m / 459 ft
Coordinates 25°21′09.24″N 097°17′41.58″E / 25.3525667°N 97.2948833°E / 25.3525667; 97.2948833
Map
Nampong Air Force Base is located in Burma
Nampong Air Force Base
Nampong Air Force Base
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,360 11,025 Asphalt

Nampong Air Force Base (ICAO: VYNP) is a Myanmar Air Force base in Myitkyina, Myanmar (Burma).

Formerly known as Myikyina West, it is located several miles to the west of Myitkyina. It is in current military use and home to a fighter squadron and an attack squadron.

History[edit]

Built by the Allies during World War II as Namponmao Airfield, the airfield was used primarily as a transport facility during the Burma Campaign 1944-1945 by the Tenth Air Force 4th Combat Cargo Group beginning in June 1945 flying C-46 Commandos as a combat resupply airfield, air-dropping pallets of supplies and ammunition to the advancing Allied forces on the ground.

With the defeat of the Japanese forces in Burma, the group began cargo and passenger flights over "the Hump" (Himalayan Mountains) to and from China, assisting the movement of the 3d Combat Cargo Group to Shanghai.

The Americans left in November 1945 at the end of the war.

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.