Lat 22° 16' 0" S Long 166° 28' 0" E Located two miles northeast of Nouméa. Before the war, this area was a race track.
Built by the US Army in 1942, to have an airfield closer to Nouméa, while Tontouta Airfield was being completed.
In 1965, the airfield was rebuilt and expanded.
D. J. Sassoon-Gubbay adds:
"Marsden steel matting was used to support the hastily built runway over a swampy areas of Magenta Bay had in later years completely failed. Even the point loads of landing wheels of the aircraft then used would sink into the runway creating a danger for all landings and take offs. The Civil Engineering Construction Group, of which I was the Founder and CEO was the designated tenderer to reconstruct this airport and lenghten it . This was to make it suitable for commercial , and at the time, as a diversion airport. Same to be eventually used by the French Forces cargo aircrafts for the Atomic test of French Polynesia - all other airports then being unfriendly to France. The work was executed for the Ministry of Civil Aviation (Service de l'Infrastructure) based in New-Caledonia. The Construction Company was D.J.Gubbay & Co (NH) Pty. Ltd. based at Port-Vila, New-Hebrides (now Vanuatu)."
Since the war, this airfield has been absorbed into the suburbs of Nouméa. Today, it is used as a small airport, with a runway 3,609' x 100'.
Thanks to Richard Godin for this information.
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September 24, 2018