Norfolk Island - Pacific Ocean
Norfolk Island Airport is the only airport on Norfolk Island, an external territory of Australia.
The airstrip was built during World War II as a defensive measure to counter feared Japanese operations in the South Pacific.
As Norfolk Island did not have enough flat ground, several bulldozers were used to knock the tops off of several hills, and fill in the valleys between them.
Steel mesh was then used to make a solid surface.
Initially used for bomber patrols and for a transport service to Bougainville Island, the airfield was never used as a major base and became a stopover for aircraft traveling between Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands.
The Royal New Zealand Air Force left the airfield in July 1946.
At the airfield was a air-sea rescue unit, a servicing section and a radar unit installation at Mount Bates.
Airlines and destinations
Air New Zealand (Auckland)
Norfolk Air (Brisbane, Gold Coast [begins October 2008], Hamilton, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney)
For more information about Norfolk Island Airport see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norfolk_Island_Airport) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, September 2008.
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This information was correct in September 2008. E. & O.E.
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