Fenghuang Airbase is located at the southern tip of the Chinese island of Hainan, approximately 14km northwest along the coastline from the town of Yulin.
According to some reports, the base for the J11 [Su-27] is on Hainan Island at the Yulin naval port, near Sanya City. This base is slightly more than 1,000 nautical miles away from Zengmu Atoll, the southernmost part of the Nansha [Spratly] Islands, barely within the Su-27's operational range.
The International Airport of Sanya City on the southern tip of Hainan Province, which was put into operation in 1994, is the only modern airport on the southern tip of Hainan Island. Sanya is one of the ten major tourist and holiday zones approved by the State Council, and local officials say that the opening of new international air routes in 1995 added to the development of the tourist business of Hainan.
It is also reported that a long range VLF transmitter is located on Hainan Island, probably near this naval air facility.
Hainan Island is also the location of a major signals intelligence facility.
Imagery Coverage Report
There is high resolution imagery of Fenghuang Airbase and Sanya City International Airport available. DigitalGlobe has an image in its archives from Aug. 05, 2003, and Space Imaging has images in its archives from Dec. 02, 2001 and Jan. 04, 2004.
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