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Cloncurry Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorCloncurry Shire Council
LocationCloncurry, Queensland
Elevation AMSL616 ft / 188 m
Coordinates20°39′55″S 140°30′23″E / 20.66528°S 140.50639°E / -20.66528; 140.50639Coordinates: 20°39′55″S 140°30′23″E / 20.66528°S 140.50639°E / -20.66528; 140.50639
Map
YCCY
YCCY
Location in Queensland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 1,157 3,796 Asphalt
12/30 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

Cloncurry Airport (IATA: CNJ, ICAO: YCCY) is an airport in Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia.

History

QANTAS biplane at Cloncurry, 1923 Airco de Havilland DH.9C G-AUEF was acquired by QANTAS in 1923 for the Charleville - Cloncurry route. Pilot, Captain G. Matthews is on the left and Mr. A. N. Templeton is on the right.
QANTAS biplane at Cloncurry, 1923 Airco de Havilland DH.9C G-AUEF was acquired by QANTAS in 1923 for the Charleville - Cloncurry route. Pilot, Captain G. Matthews is on the left and Mr. A. N. Templeton is on the right.

Cloncurry Airport has been the focal point for many of Australia's greatest innovations. Cloncurry was involved with the beginnings of QANTAS, and the original QANTAS hangar is still in use at the aerodrome, where "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service" is still displayed above the hangar door.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service was founded there in 1928, now recognised the world over. The airport was also on route for early planes coming from overseas and a stopping place for contestants in the great air races of 1919 and 1934.

In the late 1930s (as early as 1938, as late as 1941), the KNILM service from Batavia (Jakarta) to Sydney, connecting at Batavia from Amsterdam on KLM, called at Cloncurry. On the way South, passengers spent the night, while on the way North, they had a luncheon in Cloncurry.[2]

World War II

Due to the strategic importance of Cloncurry aerodrome on the main Darwin–Sydney air route, the Royal Australian Air Force expanded the aerodrome during World War II. Intended to be a major airbase should the Empire of Japan have occupied New Guinea and Papua.

During the Second World War, Cloncurry Airport was the site of a major United States Army Air Forces air base in 1942. As the war moved north, the USAAF units located north to forward bases.

List of wartime military units based at Cloncurry Aerodrome

HQ 19th Bomb Group assigned to Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Victoria
28th Bombardment Squadron, (28 March-5 May 1942)
Detachment operated from: Perth Airport, Perth, Western Australia, (28 March-18 May 1942)
30th Bombardment Squadron, (24 March-13 May 1942)
93d Bombardment Squadron, (29 March-18 May 1942)

Airlines and destinations

Aeroplane fuselage under construction, Cloncurry, ca. 1927 Brims Brothers Plywood Factory made the plywood which was used for construction of the aeroplane bodies by Qantas airways in the 1920s.
Aeroplane fuselage under construction, Cloncurry, ca. 1927 Brims Brothers Plywood Factory made the plywood which was used for construction of the aeroplane bodies by Qantas airways in the 1920s.
AirlinesDestinations
Alliance Airlines Brisbane, Townsville
Mining charter: Cairns
QantasLink Mount Isa, Townsville

See also

References

  1. ^ YCCY – Cloncurry (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 2 Dec 2021, Aeronautical Chart Archived 25 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "KNLIM Timetable". airline timetable images. Retrieved 31 December 2021.

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.