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    NAS Melbourne Airport (Melbourne Airport) Florida United States

Location
Lat 28° 6' 10N Long 80° 38' 43W  Melbourne Airport is located in Melbourne, Florida.

Wartime History
During World War II, used by the U. S. Navy (USN) as an advanced training base for Naval aviators for advanced flight training for Navy fighters including the F4F Wildcat and later the F6F Hellcat.

On March 26, 1944 at night, B-24E Liberator 41-28525 crashed near the boundary of the airfield at Eau Gallie Boulevard, to the west of the rail road tracks near the airfield boundary, just missing U. S. Navy housing area known as Suntree Terrace

Today
Still in use today as Melbourne Airport. Also known as Orlando Melbourne International Airport. Airport codes: FAA: MLB, ICAO: KMLB, IATA: MLB. Melbourne Airport is served by international and domestic flights by Delta, American Airlines, Porter Air, Elite Airways and charter operators.

The airport has three runways. The first runway is oriented 23/05 measuring 3,001' x 75' surfaced with asphalt. The second runway is oriented 27L/09R measuring 10,181' x 150' surfaced with asphalt. The third runway is oriented 27R/09L measuring 6,000' x 150' surfaced with asphalt.

Melbourne Airport Museum (NAS Melbourne Museum)
Located inside the terminal at Melbourne Airport

References
Melbourne Airport Official Website
US Naval Air Station Melbourne, Florida Fighter Pilot Training Base Word War II details the history of this airport
Thanks to William R. Barnett for additional information

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Last Updated
August 17, 2018

 

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