Seoul Air Base

Seoul Air Base (IATA: SSN, ICAO: RKSM) (sometimes K-16 Air Base, Seoul Airport or Seongnam Air Base) is located in Seongnam city near Seoul in South Korea. Runway 19 and 20 are equipped with an ILS.

Seoul Air Base

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Airport typeMilitary
LocationSeongnam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Elevation AMSL92 ft / 28 m
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 2,743 9,000 Asphalt
02/20 2,957 9,700 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]


Korea under Japanese rule constructed 여의도 비행장(Yeouido Air Base).

Korean WarEdit

The USAF designated the Yeouido air base at K-16 during the Korean War.

USAF units based here included:


Yeouido Air Base closed as 1970, moved garrison to current Sinchon-ri, and named it Seoul Air Base.

The base is home to the ROKAF 15th Special Missions Wing.

The US Army's 2nd Battalion (Assault), 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division operating Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawks is based there.

The Seoul Air Show is held annually in this airfield.

The base is used as a VIP airfield by the President of Republic of Korea and other VIPs and heads of state.

Construction of a Second Lotte WorldEdit

On the survey conducted by Sisain Press, 86% of military pilots and air traffic controllers opposed the construction of a second Lotte World because of a safety hazard. They were concerned that it would interfere with the flight path. President Lee Myeong Bak (2008-2012) got the green light for a 555 meter tall skyscraper after rebuilding the airfield to deviate from the 123-story tower in Jamsil, Seoul. The building now operates as Lotte World Tower, the tallest building in any OECD country.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Airport information for RKSM at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for SSN at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ Futrell, Frank (1983). The United States Air Force in Korea, 1950-1953 (PDF). Air Force History & Museums Program. p. 361. ISBN 9780912799711.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ Jung, Hee sang (2009-02-16). "86% of military pilots and air traffic controllers opposed construction of 2nd lotte world".

  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force website

Coordinates: 37°26′45″N 127°06′50″E / 37.44583°N 127.11389°E / 37.44583; 127.11389