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Santo-Pekoa International Airport
IATA: SON – ICAO: NVSS
Summary
Operator Airports Vanuatu Limited
Location Luganville, Vanuatu
Elevation AMSL 184 ft / 56 m
Coordinates 15°30′18.12″S 167°13′11.07″E / 15.5050333°S 167.2197417°E / -15.5050333; 167.2197417
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 6523 1988 Asphalt
Source: World Aero Data [1]

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

Airlines Destinations
Air Vanuatu Brisbane, Gaua, Longana, Lonorore, Norsup, Olpoi, Port Vila, Sola, Sydney, Walaha

History

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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General Info
Country Vanuatu
ICAO ID NVSS
Time UTC+11(+12DT)
Latitude -15.505033
15° 30' 18.12" S
Longitude 167.219742
167° 13' 11.07" E
Elevation 184 feet
56 meters
Magnetic Variation 011° E (01/06)
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Near City Luganville
Island Group Santo I
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
PORT VILA FLT SVC
HO
6553
8846
CTAF 118.1
Communications Remarks  
CTAF Unattended. Mand bcst rqr wi 10 NM rad, sfc-3000'.


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
12/30 6523 x 98 feet
1988 x 30 meters
ASPHALT 038FCXT NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
NDB-DME SON SANTO 092X 412 At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (GREEN)


Remarks
FUEL PN rqr before 1700L Fri. For Sat, Sun, and Hol 48 hr PN rqr. (NC-100LL, A1) Ltd Stock.
LGT PAPI TCH 50'.
RSTD Grass areas unavbl for acft OPS.
TFC PAT Rwy 12-rgt tfc.



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