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    Motoyama No. 2 (Airfield No. 2, Central Field) Ogasawara Japan
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Location
Lat 24° 47' 2N Long 141° 19' 22E  Motoyama No. 2 Airfield (Airfield No. 2) was located at an elevation of 384' above sea level in roughly the center of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands in Ogasawara Subprefecture in Japan. When occupied by the Americans, known as "Central Filed" or "Central Airfield".

Construction
Built by the Japanese with two intersecting runways. The first runway was oriented roughly northeast to southwest with turnarounds at each end. The second runway was roughly east to west.

Japanese Use
Used by the Japanese and used as an airfield and defensive position until the USMC assault on February 19, 1945. Several Japanese aircraft were abandoned at the airfield.

American Use
After the Battle of Iwo Jima, the northeast to southwest runway was repaired and lengthened by American to accommodate B-29s making emergency landings. Known to Americans as "Central Field" or "Central Airfield".

Once fully repaired and expanded, there were two parallel runways. The first runway (Strip 7) further to the north measured 9,400' x 200'. The second runway (Strip 7R) further to the south measured 9,800' x 200'. The control tower was code named "Walnut". Taxiways and revetments were located to the north connecting to North Field.

Today
Still in use today as "Iwo Jima Airport" a military airport used by the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and the only active airfield on Iwo Jima. The single runway is oriented 25/07 measures 8,700' x 200' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes: ICAO: RJAW and IATA: IWO.

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