West Sale Airport

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West Sale Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorWellington Shire Council
LocationSale, Victoria
Elevation AMSL72 ft / 22 m
Coordinates38°05′30″S 146°57′55″E / 38.09167°S 146.96528°E / -38.09167; 146.96528Coordinates: 38°05′30″S 146°57′55″E / 38.09167°S 146.96528°E / -38.09167; 146.96528
YWSL is located in Victoria
Location in Victoria
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 500 1,640 Grass
09/27 1,527 5,010 Asphalt
14/32 699 2,293 Grass
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

West Sale Airport (IATA: SXE, ICAO: YWSL) is located about 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) west[1] of Sale, Victoria, Australia, off the Princes Highway.

During World War II, the aerodrome was requisitioned by the Royal Australian Air Force in 1941. Known as RAAF Base West Sale and RAAF Station West Sale, the aerodrome was home to No. 3 Bombing and Gunnery School and Air Gunnery School until December 1945, when the aerodrome was handed back to its owners.

From 1991 to 2016 there were 11 Grumman S-2 Tracker anti-submarine aircraft formerly of the Royal Australian Navy stored at the airport.[2]

The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum is located at West Sale Airport.[3]

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