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Gamal Abdel Nasser Airbase

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Gamal Abdel Nasser Airbase

Roundel of Libya.svg
Airport typeMilitary
Elevation AMSL519 ft / 158 m
Coordinates31°51′41.00″N 023°54′24.4″E / 31.8613889°N 23.906778°E / 31.8613889; 23.906778
Gamal Abdel Nasser Airbase is located in Libya
Gamal Abdel Nasser Airbase
Gamal Abdel Nasser Airbase
Location of Gamal Abdel Nasser Air Base, Libya
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 3,016 9,895 Asphalt
09/27 2,998 9,836 Asphalt
15/33 3,007 9,865 Asphalt

Gamal Abdel Nasser Airbase is a Libyan Air Force (Arabic: القوات الجوية الليبية‎, Berber: Adwas Alibyan Ujnna) base, located about 16 km south of Tobruk. It is believed to once have had about 60 or 70 Mirage F.1EDs aircraft assigned.

Prior to 31 March 1970, the airfield was known as Royal Air Force Station El Adem, and used by the RAF primarily as a staging post.[1] Before the World War II, it had been an Italian Air Force airfield. A number of the former Italian buildings were seen remaining in 2003, during a courtesy visit by former RAF personnel, at which time no military aircraft were evident.

Royal Air Force Station El Adem was the fuel stop for the BOAC aircraft carrying the new Queen Elizabeth II on her flight from Entebbe to London on 7 February 1952.[2]

World War II

The airfield was largely reconstructed in 1942 by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and brought into operational use on 12 December 1942. It was used during World War II by the RAF and the United States Army Air Forces during the North African Campaign against Axis forces.

RAF units which used the airfield were:

USAAF Ninth Air Force units which used the airfield were:

Attached to No 235 Wing, Royal Air Force[3]

Current use

In 2013, the airport was officially reopened as Tobruk International Airport, with flights to Alexandria, Egypt.[4][5]


  1. ^ Sir David Lee, 'Wings in the Sun,' Air Historical Branch/HMSO, London, 1989, 157-8.
  2. ^ "To Her Majesty, all my thoughts and prayers are with you, Mummie: The message the Queen Mother sent her daughter as she flew home to become Queen". Mail Online. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  3. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website
  4. ^ "Tobruk International Airport opened". Libya Business News. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Tobruk International Airport officially opened". Libya Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2018.

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This page was last edited on 4 December 2018, at 04:26
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