Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Albion Park - the Illawarra regional airport south of Sydney

Albion Park: the Illawarra's regional airport, south of Sydney. Albion Park airfield was built in 1941, about 18 kilometres south-east of Wollongong as an RAAF operational base.

Nearby Cordeaux airfield was constructed in late 1942 (near Cordeaux Dam, a strategic wartime target, being one of the dams supplying Sydney's drinking water) as a dispersal strip and landing ground (maintenance) for its parent RAAF Airfield, Albion Park.

The RAAF's Albion Park airfield consisted of two runways, 4500ft x 150ft and 6000ft x 150ft respectively.

Current airport operator (since 1960) is Shellharbour City Council. The primary runway today is 16/34, with a paved surface measuring 1,819 m × 30 m (5,968 ft × 98 ft). A displaced threshold reduces the available landing distance on runway 34 by 176 metres (577 ft), allowing aircraft to clear high terrain on the approach. The secondary runway 08/26 is suitable only for day operations as it is not equipped with runway lighting.
(Image via Google Maps.)

More at OzatWar
HARS at Albion Park
Airport website

Checkout my list of Sydney and surrounding airstrips and airports.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

It is interesting to read of factual history about a venue that we often see and pass by but never really get to learn of in detailed. I visit Illawarra quite frequently to drop off things at a self storage but never have I read of this airport or runway. I guess you need to really explore on a topic and read the underlying facts if you are really keen on the subject matter. Many facts and figures are available if you research thorough enough