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    NAS Sangley Point (Antonio Bautista) Cavite Province PI

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1938

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December 10, 1941

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March 1945

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1945

Location
Located on Sangley Point at Cavite running roughly east to west. Includes the Canacao Seaplane Base.

Construction
Built prior to the war, this single runway was used by US Navy patrol planes.

Wartime Usage
After American liberation in Mach 1945, ACORN-45 expanded the airstrip. Postwar, the airfield was 8,000' and associated operational facilities for two patrol squadrons on a rotational basis. It provided support for a Fleet Air Wing detachment.

Postwar
On September 1, 1971, the airfield, part of the larger base was officially turned over to the government of the Philippines. It is currently used as a facility of the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Air Force, known as Antonio Bautista Airbase.

Today
After Philippine took over the base, it was known as Antonio Bautista, in honor of Philippine Air Force pilot Bautista killed during the 1970s. Later, the air base was named Danila Atienza Airbase, in honor of Danila Atienza who was killed when his F-5A crashed while straffing rebel positions at Sangley during the 1987 coup.

References
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information.

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Last Updated
April 16, 2016

 

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