| Shaheed Muwaffaq Salti Air Base|
قاعدة الشهيد موفق السلطي الجوية
|A RJAF F-16 landing at Mwaffaq Salti Air Base|
|Royal Jordanian Air Force roundel|
|IATA: none – ICAO: none|
|Elevation AMSL||4,848 ft / 1,477 m|
In 1918, during World War I, T.E. Lawrence (also known as Lawrence of Arabia) used the historic castle in Azraq and the plains at that site as a base for use as a landing ground for the aircraft which were supporting the column pushing north towards Syria. The main qualities of the area were its good visibility and fine weather for flying.
In 1976, the area was chosen by the Royal Jordanian Air Force for a major new air base. Construction started that same year and in November, 1980, No 1 (F5As and Bs) and No 11 squadrons (F5Es and Fs) were deployed there.
The air base was officially opened on May 24, 1981. It was named after Lieutenant Muwaffaq Salti who died in battle with the Israeli Air Force on November 13, 1966, during the Battle of Samou. It was initially home to Nos 1 and 25 Mirage squadrons, but since 1997 Nos 1 and 2 Mirage and F-16 squadrons have been based there.
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