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    Parap Airfield (Darwin Civil Aerodrome, Ross Smith Aerodrome) NT Australia

Daniel Leahy 2012

Location
Lat 12° 25' 41"S Long 130° 50' 35"E Parap Airfield is located in the suburb of Parap in Darwin. Also known as Darwin Civil Aerodrome or Ross Smith Aerodrome for nearby Ross Smith Avenue.

Construction
Parap Airfield was established as the Australian hub for the 1919 air race from England to Australia.

Wartime units based at Parap (Darwin Civil Aerodrome)
12 Squadron (Wirraway) ? Sep 1939 - ?
34 Squadron (DH-84) Formed Feb 23, 1942 - ?

Post War
In 1945, RAAF Darwin was opened up to civil operators, so there was no longer a need for a separate civillian airfield. Flight operations ceased at Parap ceased before the end of 1946.

Today
The present day Ross Smith Avenue runs where the Parap Airfield runways once ran. The wartime Qantas hangar still stands.

References
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this page

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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