Pusan East (K-9) Air Base
|Pusan East (K-9) Air Base|
Pusan East (K-9) Air Base in June 1953
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Pusan East (K-9) Air Base was a former United States Air Force (USAF) and Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) air base adjacent to the Suyeong River in Haeundae District, Busan, South Korea. It was redeveloped in the 1990s as Centum City, a commercial and residential area.
By the end of July 1950, UN forces had been pushed back into the Pusan Perimeter, which contained three airfields all in poor condition. Engineers urgently improved the former Japanese military airfield at K-9 to allow heavy transport aircraft such as C-54s to land there.
On 5 March 1951 a USAF C-54 #42-72663 was damaged beyond repair at K-9.
Post Korean War
K-9 was transferred to the South Korean military in 1956 and remained in use until the early 1990s.
Busan Suyeong Airport opened in August 1958 and renamed as Busan International Airport in September 1963. In August 1976 the airport was moved to its current location in Gimhae.
In the late 1990s the area was redeveloped as Centum City.
- Leary, William (2008). Anything, Anywhere, Anytime: Combat Cargo in the Korean War. DIANE Publishing. p. 2. ISBN 9781428990555.
- "ASN Aircraft Accident Douglas C54D-10-DC 42-72663". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force website http://www.af.mil.