Port Pirie Airport

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Port Pirie Airport
Bellman hangar located at Port Pirie Airport.jpg
Bellman hangar at the airport
Airport type Public
Operator Port Pirie Regional Council
Location Pirie East, South Australia[1]
Elevation AMSL 39 ft / 12 m
Coordinates 33°14′20″S 137°59′42″E / 33.23889°S 137.99500°E / -33.23889; 137.99500Coordinates: 33°14′20″S 137°59′42″E / 33.23889°S 137.99500°E / -33.23889; 137.99500
YPIR is located in South Australia
Location in South Australia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 1,043 3,422 Bitumen
17/35 1,069 3,507 Gravel
03/21 672 2,205 Grass
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[2]

Port Pirie Airport (IATA: PPI, ICAO: YPIR) is an airport that is located 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) south[2] of Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia. The airport is owned by the Port Pirie Regional Council.


The airfield was a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) station and home to No. 2 Bombing and Gunnery School (No. 2 BAGS) during World War II. No. 2 BAGS provided bombing and gunnery training for pilots, air observers and air gunners. No. 2 Operational Training Unit was formed at Port Pirie on 6 April 1942, and operated initially with Wirraways and Fairey Battles at the aerodrome until it moved to Mildura, Victoria in May 1942. No. 2 BAGS was renamed No. 3 Air Observers School in December 1943. After World War II, the station housed No. 5 Central Recovery Depot where aircraft and parts were stored until disposal. The station closed in early 1947, with the aerodrome reverting to civilian use thereafter.[3][4] A Bellman hangar is still standing at the airport and is in good condition, it remains in use by light aircraft based at the airport.[5]

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