|IATA: GPS – ICAO: SEGS
||Public / Military
||Baltra, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
||207 ft / 63 m
||00°27′14″S 090°15′57″W / 0.45389°S 90.26583°W
Seymour Airport (IATA: GPS, ICAO: SEGS) is an airport serving the island of Baltra, one of the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador.
The airport resides at an elevation of 207 feet (63 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 14/32 with an asphalt surface measuring 7,876 by 115 feet (2,401 × 35 m).
Airlines and destinations
||Guayaquil, Quito, San Cristóbal
During World War II, the airport (known as Seymour Island Airfield) was used by the United States Army Air Force Sixth Air Force defending the South American coastline and the Panama Canal against Japanese submarines. The first American personnel arrived on 9 April 1942. Military flying units assigned to the airport were:
- 52d Fighter Squadron (32d Fighter Group), 5 June-1 December 1942 (P-40 Warhawk)
- 51st Fighter Squadron (32d Fighter Group, later XXVI Fighter Command) 9 December 1942-4 March 1944 (P-40 Warhawk)
- Detachments stationed at: Salinas Afld, Ecuador and Talara Afld, Peru, December 1942-March 1943
- 3d Bombardment Squadron (6th Bombardment Group) 4 May 1942-12 March 1943 (LB-30 (B-24A) Liberator)
- 29th Bombardment Squadron (6th Bombardment Group) 13 May 1943-10 April 1944; 26 April-October 1945 (B-24 Liberator)
- 45th Bombardment Squadron (40th Bombardment Group) 18 February-22 May 1943 (LB-30 (B-24A) Liberator)
- 74th Bombardment Squadron (VI Bomber Command) 21 August 1944-13 February 1945 (B-24 Liberator)
- 397th Bombardment Squadron (VI Bomber Command) 7 April 1944-6 February 1945 (B-24 Liberator)
By 30 September 1945, most personnel were withdrawn and only a housekeeping staff remained. The military facility was inactivated on 30 April 1946, leaving a communications unit which inactivated on 29 February 1948. Today many of the former USAAF aircraft parking hardstands still exist, along with an unused NW/SE runway that was abandoned after the war, but remains in reasonable condition.
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00° 27' 13.53" S
090° 15' 57.29" W
||Joint (Civil and Military)
||005° E (01/06)
||MILITARY - CIVIL JOINT USE AIRPORT
||SUNRISE TO SUNSET (SR-SS)
||7876 x 115 feet
2401 x 35 meters
||Distance From Field
||Bearing From Navaid
||Higher terrain both ends of rwy south of centerline. Close proximity 1900' SE ofRwy 14 thld.
||PAPI Rwy 14 GS 2.8 .
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