Tokachi Airfield

十勝飛行場
JGSDF Camp Obihiro.jpg
JGSDF Camp Obihiro, taken from ISS in 2009
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
Operator Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
LocationObihiro, Hokkaidō, Japan
Built1937
Elevation AMSL281 ft / 86 m
Coordinates42°53′25″N 143°09′30″E / 42.89028°N 143.15833°E / 42.89028; 143.15833Coordinates: 42°53′25″N 143°09′30″E / 42.89028°N 143.15833°E / 42.89028; 143.15833
Map
RJCT is located in Hokkaido
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Location in Japan
RJCT is located in Japan
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RJCT (Japan)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 1,500 4,921 Asphalt concrete
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan[1]

Tokachi Airfield (十勝飛行場, Tokachi Hikōjō, formerly Obihiro Airport) (ICAO: RJCT) is an airfield located in Obihiro, Hokkaidō, Japan, operated by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). The airfield is situated close to JGSDF Camp Obihiro.

History

The airfield first opened in 1937 as an airfield for the Imperial Japanese Navy. In 1956, operation was taken over by the JGSDF. In December 1964, the airfield became Obihiro Airport with a 1,000 m runway. In December 1972, the runway was extended to a length of 1,500 m. In February 1981, civil use of the airport ceased ahead of the opening of Tokachi-Obihiro Airport in March 1981.[2] It is still operational as a general aviation airfield ever since the opening of the new airport.

References

  1. ^ AIS Japan Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Ministry of Land,Infrastructure and Transport Hokkaido Regional Development Bureau: Obihiro Airport history Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 7 August 2009 (in Japanese)