Seoul Air Base

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Seoul Air Base
서울공항
15th composite wing.png
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OwnerROKAF
OperatorROKAF
LocationSeongnam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Elevation AMSL92 ft / 28 m
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 2,743 9,000 Asphalt
02/20 2,957 9,700 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Seoul Air Base (IATA: SSN, ICAO: RKSM) (sometimes K-16 Air Base, Seoul Airport or Seongnam Air Base) is located in Seongnam city near Seoul in South Korea. Runway 19 and 20 are equipped with an ILS.

History[edit]

Korean War[edit]

The USAF designated the base at K-16 during the Korean War.

USAF units based here included:

Postwar[edit]

The base is home to the ROKAF 15th Composite Wing.

The US Army's 2nd Battalion (Assault), 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division operating Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawks is based there.

The Seoul Air Show is held annually in this airfield.

The base is used as a VIP airfield by the President of Republic of Korea and other VIPs and heads of state.

Construction of a Second Lotte World[edit]

On the survey conducted by Sisain Press, 86% of military pilots and air traffic controllers opposed the construction of a second Lotte World because of a safety hazard. They were concerned that it would interfere with the flight path. President Lee Myeong Bak (2008-2012) got the green light for a 555 meter tall skyscraper after rebuilding the airfield to deviate from the 123-story tower in Jamsil, Seoul. The building now operates as Lotte World Tower, the tallest building in any OECD country.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for RKSM at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for SSN at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ Futrell, Frank (1983). The United States Air Force in Korea, 1950-1953. Air Force History & Museums Program. p. 361. ISBN 9780912799711.
  4. ^ Jung, Hee sang (2009-02-16). "86% of military pilots and air traffic controllers opposed construction of 2nd lotte world".

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force website http://www.af.mil.

Coordinates: 37°26′45″N 127°06′50″E / 37.44583°N 127.11389°E / 37.44583; 127.11389