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Pusan East (K-9) Air Base is a decommissioned United States Air Force (USAF) and Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) air base adjacent to the Suyeong River in Haeundae District, Busan, South Korea. It was redeveloped in the 1990s as Centum City, a commercial and residential area.

Pusan East (K-9) Air Base
Pusan East (K-9) Air Base.jpg
Pusan East (K-9) Air Base in June 1953
Coordinates35°10′10″N 129°07′54″E / 35.16944°N 129.13167°E / 35.16944; 129.13167Coordinates: 35°10′10″N 129°07′54″E / 35.16944°N 129.13167°E / 35.16944; 129.13167
TypeMilitary airfield
Site information
Controlled byUnited States Air Force
Site history
Built1950
In use1950-1990
Airfield information
Runways
Direction Length and surface
14/32 unknown dimensions, hard

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HistoryEdit

Korean WarEdit

By the end of July 1950, UN forces had been pushed back into the Pusan Perimeter, which contained three airfields all in poor condition. Engineers urgently improved the former Japanese military airfield at K-9 to allow heavy transport aircraft such as C-54s to land there.[1]

On 8 September 1950 the 18th Fighter Wing arrived at K-9 from Ashiya Air Field before moving to Pyongyang East Air Base (K-24) in November 1950.

On 5 March 1951 a USAF C-54 #42-72663 was damaged beyond repair at K-9.[2]

On 23 May 1951 the 452d Bombardment Wing operating the Douglas A-26 Invader was deployed to K-9. On 10 May 1952 the 17th Bombardment Wing was activated at K-9 to replace the 452d.

Post Korean WarEdit

K-9 was transferred to the South Korean military in 1956 and remained in use until the early 1990s.

Busan Suyeong Airport opened in August 1958 and renamed as Busan International Airport in September 1963. In August 1976 the airport was moved to its current location in Gimhae.

In the late 1990s the area was redeveloped as Centum City.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Leary, William (2008). Anything, Anywhere, Anytime: Combat Cargo in the Korean War. DIANE Publishing. p. 2. ISBN 9781428990555.
  2. ^ "ASN Aircraft Accident Douglas C54D-10-DC 42-72663". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 May 2013.

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