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King Khalid Air Base
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IATA: none – ICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Armed Forces of Saudi Arabia
Operator Royal Saudi Air Force
Location Khamis Mushait
Built 1960 (1960)
In use 1960-present
Elevation AMSL 6,726 ft / 2,050 m
Coordinates 18°18′25″N 042°48′33″E / 18.30694°N 42.80917°E / 18.30694; 42.80917Coordinates: 18°18′25″N 042°48′33″E / 18.30694°N 42.80917°E / 18.30694; 42.80917
Map

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King Khalid Air Base is an airbase of Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) sited in the south-west of Saudi Arabia, near Khamis Mushait.

History

The airbase, with code KMX, has a 12,400 ft (3,780 m) paved runway without customs facilities. The base was designed and built by United States Army and United States Air Force (USAF) engineers in the 1960s and 70s and has McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle service facilities.[1]

Gulf war

During the Gulf War in 1991, the USAF had a base here from which they launched bombers on Baghdad, Iraq.[2] On the opening night of the war Vickers VC10 tankers from No. 101 Squadron RAF launched here refueled Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado GR1's.[3]

Current use

References

  1. Cordesman, Anthony H.; Al-Rodhan, Khalid R. (2007). Gulf Military Forces in an Era of Asymmetric Wars. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 216. ISBN 978-0-275-99399-3. http://books.google.com/books?id=XWg1mvPuhkUC&pg=PA216. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  2. Ham, Anthony; Shams, Martha Brekhus; Madden, Andrew (15 September 2004). Saudi Arabia. Lonely Planet. p. 134. ISBN 978-1-74059-667-1. http://books.google.com/books?id=PddTr1X7hEgC&pg=PA134. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  3. "19 Years Over Iraq". Stamford: Key Publishing. December 2010. pp. p. 8. 

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