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    Naha Airfield (Oroku) Okinawa Prefecture Japan
Location
Lat 26° 11' 45N Long 127° 38' 45E  Naha Airfield is located two miles south of Naha on Okinawa Island in Okinawa Prefecture in southern Japan. Located at an elevation of 12' above sea level.

Prewar and during the Pacific War known as "Oroku Airfield" to the Japanese. Today known as Naha Airport.

Construction
During 1933 built by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a military airfield.

Wartime Usage
During the Pacific War, used by the Imperial Japanese Navy until early April 1, 1945. W

During April 1945 Naha Airfield was occupied by U. S. forces and repaired for American use. At and several Japanese aircraft were captured or abandoned at the airfield including G3M2 Nell Tail KEA-395.

Postwar
Naha Airfield continued to be used by the U. S. military as Naha Air Base (Naha AB) and used by the U. S. Air Force (USAF). In 1947, Pan American World Airways and Northwest Orient began flights to Naha Airport. During 1952-1954 Naha Airport was closed for repairs and refurbishment with flights using Kadena Airfield during this period.

On June 21, 1960 B-29-15-MO Superfortress 42-65234 piloted by Major Clarence C. Rarick from the 6023rd Radar Evaluation Squadron landed at Naha Air Base after a routine radar evaluation mission. This was the last flight of a U. S. Air Force Superfortress.

Between 1964-1967 Air America operated flights to Miyako Airfield and Ishigaki Airfield until Southwest Airlines took over these routes.

During 1982, Naha Airport was transferred from US military control to the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) and continued to be used as a civilian airport.

Today
Still in use today as Naha Airport as a civilian airport and port of entry. The single runway oriented 36/18 measures 9,840' x 150' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes: ICAO: ROAH / IATA: OKA. This airport is the main civilian airport serving Okinawa Island with direct flights from Japan and international destinations.

References
Profile Publications No. 101: Boeing B-29 Superfortress

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019

 

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