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Yongxing Island Airport

 

Yongxing Island Airport

Yongxing Island Airport
永兴岛机场
Yǒngxīng Dǎo Jīchǎng
ICAO: ZJYX
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator People's Liberation Army Air Force
Serves Sansha, Hainan
Location Yongxing Island
Coordinates
Map
ZJYX is located in South China Sea
ZJYX
ZJYX
Location of airport in the South China Sea
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
2,700 8,858
Source:[1][2]

Yongxing Island Airport (ICAO: ZJYX) is a military airport located on Yongxing (Woody) Island, the largest of the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.[1] Yongxing Island is administered by China as part of Sansha city of Hainan Province. The airport was completed in July 1990 to expand the combat range of Chinese warplanes.[3]

Contents

  • Facilities 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Facilities

Yongxing Island Airport has a 2,700-metre (8,900 ft) runway[1] that is capable of handling any third-generation fighter aircraft of the Chinese airforce such as the Sukhoi Su-30MKK. The airport can handle airliners like a Boeing 737, but there is no scheduled airline service to the airport. The runway is paved concrete and unmarked.

The airport also has four hangars, a radar navigation station and four large fuel tanks, enabling it to serve as a forward deployment base for refueling warplanes on combat missions.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c 专家建议造浮岛机场让战机作战半径覆盖南海 (in Chinese). Eastday. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Airport information for ZJYX at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. ^ Bernstein, Richard; Munro, Ross H. (1998). The Coming Conflict with China. Vintage Books. p. 74.  
  4. ^ Chang, Andrei (26 September 2008). "Analysis: China's air-sea buildup". Spacewar.com. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 

External links

  • Aerial photos of Yongxing Island and the airport
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