Al Jufra Airbase

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Al Jufra Airbase

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Al Jufra-Hun Airbase
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorLibyan Air Force
ServesHun, Libya
Elevation AMSL846 ft / 258 m
Coordinates29°11′53″N 16°00′04″E / 29.19806°N 16.00111°E / 29.19806; 16.00111
Map
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 3,805 12,484 Concrete
Source: GCM[1] Google Maps[2]

Al Jufra Airbase (ICAO: HL69) is a Libyan Air Force base 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) northeast of Hun, a desert city in the Jufra District of Libya. It was originally used by the Libyan Arab Air Force from 1969 to 2011.

The runway length does not include 198 metres (650 ft) paved overruns on each end.

The Hon non-directional beacon (Ident: HON) is located 4.7 nautical miles (8.7 km) southwest of the airport.[3]

History[edit source | edit]

The Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-25 PDS Foxbat Based at Al Jufra Airbase.
The Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-25 PDS Foxbat Based at Al Jufra Airbase.

Prior to the First Libyan Civil War, during the 1980s, the No. 1025 Squadron operated Mig-25PDs at the Al Jufra-Hun Airbase for defense of the north coast. TU-22, G.222, and An-26 were based at Jufra, parked on open pavement, sand berm shielded pads, and in aircraft shelters.[4] Considering the positioning of many of the aircraft visible in the satellite imagery, and what is known of the maintenance record of the Libyan Air Force, the operational inventory of combat aircraft based at Jufra in 2011 can be assumed to be quite low. The G.222 is believed to have not flown for more than a decade.

No-Fly Zone enforcement[edit source | edit]

The airbase was bombed on 24 March 2011 by French aircraft, in accordance with the UN-backed enforcement of the No-Fly Zone over Libya.[5] Over two and a half months later, on 13 June, the area was again struck by NATO forces.[6]

See also[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. Template:GCM
  2. "al Jufrah Airbase". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 17 September 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Hon NDB". Our Airports. Retrieved 17 September 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Al Jufra - Google Maps
  5. Libyan Air Force Forbes
  6. Strike on Libyan airbase Irish Times

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Template:Airports in Libya Coordinates: 29°11′53″N 16°00′04″E / 29.198056°N 16.001111°E / 29.198056; 16.001111


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