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Palmyra Atoll Airfield
Palmyra Atoll, Line Islands
Type Military airfield
Coordinates Latitude:
Controlled by United States

Palmyra Atoll Airfield is a former Naval airfield located on Palmyra Atoll in the Line Islands of the Central Pacific Area.


Preliminary surveys were made by the U.S. Navy in 1938 for an airfield at this location. The first Navy group to begin construction sailed from Honolulu on November 14, 1939. The runway was made from crushed coral, and expanded during World War II. During the war, the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion dredged a channel during World War II so that ships could enter the protected lagoons and bulldozed coral rubble into a long, unpaved landing strip for refueling transpacific supply planes.[1]

The airstrip still exists today but can only be used after prior permission has been obtained or in case of emergency.[2]


  1. Maurer, Maurer, ed (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556. 
  2. - PLPA / Palmyra Atoll Airfield, page retrieved 21 November 2013.

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