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KPAF November 1951

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USAF 1951

Location
Lat 40° 9' 6.30" N 124° 29' 56.50" E  Located near Uiju in the Yalu River plain, Pyongan-bukto, North Korea, a few miles northeast of Dandong, China and Sinuiju. The Yalu River is located roughly a half mile to the northwest, parallel to the runway. Pronounced "Uoo Ju".

Construction
Single concrete runway oriented 03/21 measuring 2,200m / 8,180' x 174' with a parallel taxiway and dispersal stands.

During November 1951, the airfield had 20 sandbag revetments designed for two MiG-15 jet fighters or trucks and munitions. At the southeast were wooden buildings, made from the wooden packing crates aircraft were transported disassembled. Anti-aircraft guns were emplaced in pairs at both ends of the runway protected by sandbags, with more camouflaged gun emplacements in the vicinity.

Korean War
Due to U.N. bombing, by late 1951, Uiju Airfield was the only operational airfield in North Korea, the others were bombed out or abandoned.

Used by North Korea during the Korean War as an important base, including MiG-15 jet fighters.

Korean Units based at Uiju
1st Air Division, 2nd Air Regiment (MiG-15) Anshan November 7, 1951

Today
Still in us as a military airfield. Airport code: ICAO: ZKUJ. In 2010, roughly 32 x Ilyushin Il-28 bombers were parked at Uiju.

References
A MiG-15 to Freedom: Memoir of the Wartime North Korean Defector page 96-98

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April 7, 2020

 

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