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Blida Airport is an airport in Blida, Algeria (ICAO: DAAB). It undertook a repavement project in 2012.[2]

Blida Airport
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
ServesBlida
LocationAlgeria
Elevation AMSL535 ft / 163 m
Coordinates36°30′13.9″N 2°48′52.1″E / 36.503861°N 2.814472°E / 36.503861; 2.814472 (Blida Airport (Blida))Coordinates: 36°30′13.9″N 2°48′52.1″E / 36.503861°N 2.814472°E / 36.503861; 2.814472 (Blida Airport (Blida))
Map
DAAB is located in Algeria
DAAB
DAAB
Location of Blida Airport in Algeria
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 5,930 1,807 ASPHALT
Source: Landings.com[1]

On November 8, 1942, during World War II, the airport was taken by the British 11th Infantry Brigade. The event was part of the Operation Torch of the North African Campaign.[3]

Major A. Peter Dewey, America's first Vietnam casualty, departed from the airport on a parachuting mission to South Western France, while serving as a lieutenant at the Air Transport Command in August 10, 1944. With his company was Jack Hemingway, the son of writer Ernest Hemingway, who, unusually, strapped a fishing rod to his leg before parachuting in.[4]

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  1. ^ "DAAB @ aerobaticsweb.org". Landings.com. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  2. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  3. ^ "Algeria-French Morocco, US Army Campaigns in World War II". mtmestas.com. Retrieved 2007-07-12.
  4. ^ "A. Peter Dewey, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army". arlingtoncemetery.net. Retrieved 2007-07-12.
  • Google Earth Historical Imagery

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