|Santo-Pekoa International Airport
|IATA: SON – ICAO: NVSS
||Airports Vanuatu Limited
||184 ft / 56 m
||15°30′18.12″S 167°13′11.07″E / 15.5050333°S 167.2197417°E
|Source: World Aero Data 
Boeing B-17F 41-24457 (Aztec's Curse), 11th Bomb Group, 26th Bomb Squadron from Luganville Airfield, Espiritu Santo, flying over Rendova, Solomon Islands 5 October 1942 after a raid of Japanese-held positions on Gizo Island.
Santo-Pekoa International Airport is an airport in Luganville on Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu (IATA: SON, ICAO: NVSS). Airports Vanuatu Limited provides aviation services for the airport.
Airlines and destinations
||Brisbane, Gaua, Longana, Lonorore, Norsup, Olpoi, Port Vila, Sola, Sydney, Walaha
During World War II, the airport was known as "Luganville Airfield", "Bomber Field No. 2" or "Pekoa Field". It was built by the Americans on a prewar plantation.
Large numbers of Americans and aircraft used these airfields as a staging area prior to moving north into the Solomon Islands. Units assigned were:
- Headquarters, XIII Bomber Command, 13 January-20 August 1943
- Headquarters, XIII Fighter Command, 22 January-December 1943
- 5th Bombardment Group, 1 December 1942-19 August 1943
- 11th Bombardment Group, 22 July 1942-8 April 1943
- 18th Fighter Group, 11 March-17 April 1943
- 4th Reconnaissance Group, 23 January 1943-6 May 1944
- 403d Troop Carrier Group, 13 September 1943-30 August 1944
There were originally three wartime airfields on Espiritu Santo, "Bomber 1" (Pallikulo, Palikulo Field, Fighter 1), Turtle Bay Airfield and Pekoa. Today, Pekoa is the remaining wartime airfield which is still being used as an airport.
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15° 30' 18.12" S
167° 13' 11.07" E
||011° E (01/06)
||CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
||SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
|International Clearance Status
||Airport of Entry
|PORT VILA FLT SVC
||Unattended. Mand bcst rqr wi 10 NM rad, sfc-3000'.
||6523 x 98 feet
1988 x 30 meters
||Distance From Field
||Bearing From Navaid
||Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.|
100/130 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (GREEN)
||PN rqr before 1700L Fri. For Sat, Sun, and Hol 48 hr PN rqr. (NC-100LL, A1) Ltd Stock.
||PAPI TCH 50'.
||Grass areas unavbl for acft OPS.
||Rwy 12-rgt tfc.
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