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    Upolu Airfield (Suiter Field) Hawaii United States

Location
Located at Upolu point, on the north coast of Hawai'i in the district of Kohala. Also known as "Suiter Field".

Construction
In the late 1920s, the U.S. Signal Corps maintained a communication station here. In 1929, Inter-Island Airways, used the field as an emergency stop on its route to Hilo, and for air service to Kohala. The airfield was maintained by the Territory of Hawaii in the 1930s. Additional WPA funding during 1937-1939, allowed the runway to be extended to 3,500 feet and other improvements.

Wartime History
During World War II, the US Navy occupied Upolu an maintained a weather and communication station. The airfield was used as an auxiliary field to NAS Hilo. for field-carrier. During the war, the runway was extended to 4,000' and housing added for personnel.

Postwar
The US Navy returned the airfield to Hawaii, and was used by civilian operators. In 1950, a VOR beacon was installed near the airfield and runway lights were installed during June 1950. A rotating beacon was installed on June 26, 1950. Extensive repairs were made due to poor drainage that caused cracks in the runway. By 1955, the airfield was 4,000' x 150' and was serviced by Hawaiian Airlines and Trans Pacific Airlines.

References
Hawaii Aviation - Upolu Airport

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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