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Captain Germán Olano Moreno Air Base

Captain Germán Olano Moreno Air Base
Base Aérea Capitán Germán Olano Moreno
Airport type Military: Air Force Base
Operator Colombian Air Force
Location Palanquero / Puerto Salgar, Colombia
Built August 27, 1933
In use 1933 - Present
Commander Brigadier General Guillermo León León
Occupants Comando Aéreo de Combate No. 1
Elevation AMSL 173 m / 566 ft
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,044 9,987 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Captain Germán Olano Moreno Air Base (ICAO: SKPQ) is a Colombian military base assigned to the Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana or FAC) Combat Air Command No. 1 (Comando Aéreo de Combate No. 1 or CACOM 1). The base is located in Palanquero, near Puerto Salgar, in the Cundinamarca department of Colombia.[3] It is named in honor of Captain Germán Olano Moreno.[4]


The air base resides at an elevation of 566 feet (173 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 18/36 with an asphalt surface measuring 9,987 by 164 feet (3,044 m × 50 m).[1]


Officially inaugurated August 27, 1933 by the president of the republic Enrique Olaya Herrera, as the nacional airport of La Dorada.[5]

In 1932, due to the conflict with Peru, the idea to create a base in a central strategic location was gaining hold. Back then the Hacienda Palanquero was already in use as an airport by the Colombian-German airline Scadta since 1919.[6]

Accidents and incidents

  • On 15 May 2009, FAC 3031 Dassault Mirage 5 of the Colombian Air Force crashed above the 36 heading after a failed take-off. The pilot made the emergency procedures and ejected, leaving unharmed.


  1. ^ a b Airport information for SKPQ from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for PAL at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ (Spanish) CACOM 1 - Puerto Salgar (Cundinamarca) - Comando Aéreo de Combate No.1
  4. ^ (Spanish) Capitán Germán Olano Moreno
  5. ^ Hitos en la historia de Palanquero
  6. ^ Reseña Histórica
  7. ^ "FAC1670 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Ocho heridos deja el estallido accidental de una granada en un avión policial en Colombia" (in Spanish). Ultima Hora. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
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