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Angaur Airstrip
IATA: none – ICAO: none – FAA LID: ANG
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Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Republic of Palau
Location Angaur, Palau
Elevation AMSL 20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 06°54′23″N 134°08′42″E / 6.90639°N 134.145°E / 6.90639; 134.145
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 7,000 2,133 Gravel
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
Angaur Airfield
Part of the Seventh Air Force
Type Military Airfield
Built 1944
In use 1944-1945
Controlled by U.S. Army Air Forces

Angaur Airstrip (FAA Location identifier: ANG[1]) is a small airstrip on Angaur, one of the islands of Palau. It also served as an airfield during World War II.

History[]

World War II[]

See also: Battle of Angaur

The day the island was declared secured on September 20, 1944, construction of the airfield began on the eastern edge of the island. As there was no existing airfield to build on, two Army engineering battalions had to clear jungle and level the terrain to create the airfield. On 19 October 1944 the airfield with its 7,000 feet (2,100 m) runway aligned NE/SW together with taxiways and hardstands for 120 aircraft were ready for use.[2][3]

The 494th Bombardment Group operating B-24J Liberator bombers arrived at Angaur on 16 October and commenced operations on 3 November. The Wing remained at Angaur until June 1945 when it moved to Yontan Airfield on Okinawa.

The 22d Bombardment Group operating B-24s was based at Anagur from November 1944 until January 1945 when it moved to Guiuan Airfield in the Philippines.

Postwar[]

In April 2010 the Palau Senate passed a resolution asking the President to offer Angaur airstrip as a site for the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on Okinawa.[4]

Facilities and aircraft[]

The airport resides at an estimated elevation of 20 feet (6.1 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 5/23 with a gravel surface measuring 7,000 feet (2,100 m) by 150 feet (46 m). For the 12-month period ending May 23, 1987, the airport had 1,500 air taxi aircraft operations, an average of 125 per month.[1]

Airline and destination[]

Airlines Destinations 
Belau Air Peleliu

See also[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 , effective 2 July 2009.
  2. Smith, Robert (1953). The approach to the Philippines. US Government Printing Office. p. 530. 
  3. Building the Navy's Bases in World War II History of the Bureau of Yards and Docks and the Civil Engineer Corps 1940-1946. US Government Printing Office. 1947. p. 331. 
  4. "Senate bids Angaur airfield for US military use". Island Times. 26 April 2010. http://www.islandtimes.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4100:senate-bids-angaur-airfield-for-us-military-use&catid=4:politics. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 

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