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Bunge Airbase

Bunge Airbase (ICAO: ESVB) is a privately owned airfield. It is situated south of Fårösund on the northern part of the island of Gotland, Sweden.

Bunge Airbase
Bunge Flygfält

Bunge Airbase

Map — Bunge Airbase
  • IATA: none
  • ICAO: ESVB
Summary
Owner Gert Martinsson
Location Fårösund, Sweden
Built 1939
Elevation AMSL 66 ft / 20 m
Coordinates 57°51′00″N 
019°02′3″E
Website http://www.bungeflygfalt.se
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 2,214 675 asphalt
9/27 2,214 675 asphalt
16/34 2,214 675 asphalt

History

In 1937, work began on the construction of an airfield near the naval air base in Fårösund. Twenty bombers were to be stationed on the island, and together with naval and coastal artillery defenses their purpose was to defend northern Gotland. The runways and hangars were completed in 1939, and in the early summer of 1940 fighter planes from the J 9 division were temporarily moved to Bunge from F 9 Säve. In July, both F 9 divisions and the J 8 division were moved to Bunge, where the latter was used for training purposes by the Swedish Air Force. In 1943, B 3 bombers from F 1 Hässlö, and S 16 and S 17 aircraft from F 11 Nyköping were moved to the airbase.

During the final years of World War II, tensions increased in the area around Gotland, with both German and Alliedaircraft violating Swedish air space. In 1944, the Swedish Air Force subsequently installed landing barriers around the field with the exception of the landing strip.

The airfield was used by the Air Force to train pilots on propeller aircraft between 1939 and 1965, and as a military airport from 1965 to 1991. The Air Force also trained members of the Swedish Women’s Voluntary Defence Service at the airfield until it was abandoned by the military in 1991.

Today, Bunge Airbase is mostly used for general aviation and various non-aviation activities. Local airline Rauk Airpreviously operated scheduled services to Stockholm Bromma Airport and charter flights within Sweden and Europe.

Bunge Airbase
Bunge Airbase.

Bunge Airbase
Bunge Airbase.

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