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Nanchang Xiangtang Airbase
2825'N 11555'E

This airfield, which is located well to the south of the city of Nanchang, is clearly a military airbase, while other civil operations are probably conducted from the primary dual-use Nanchang airfield. Over time, the robust complex of revetted parking spaces for fighter aircraft have become less prominent in imagery, and the complex at the south end of the field appears disused. Such revetted parking areas were required to provide protection during attack. Instead, a total of 24 hangars have been constructed in a single row at the south end of the field. Xiangtang Airport is located in Xiangtang Town , Nanchang City. It was formerly known as Nanchang Zhongzheng Airport before liberation. Its excellent geographical location was favored by the United States as early as World War II. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States decided to bomb Japan by airdropping an atomic bomb in retaliation for Japan, and decided to fly to Xiangtang Airport after the airdrop, but finally failed to land at Xiangtang Airport for various reasons. Now Xiangtang civil aviation business has all moved to Nanchang Changbei International Airport. It was completed in December 1952 at the former Kuomintang "Garden Airport" site. Originally a military airport, it was approved by the State Council for military-civilian use in 1956. On the New Year's Day in 1957, the airport opened the first flight in Jiangxi Province after the founding of the People's Republic of China. At about 20 o'clock on September 9, 1999, Xiangtang Airport ushered in the last batch of passengers arriving in Hong Kong, and officially ended 42 years of civil aviation transportation production at 2400 that night. The civil aviation of Xiangtang Airport is officially relocated to Changbei International Airport with newly completed equipment and functions. The airport runway is a concrete structure. From March 1981 to March 1982, it was overhauled and reinforced. The runway is now 2200 meters long, 60 meters wide, and 24 centimeters thick. On both sides of the main runway, there is a dirt runway with a length of 2600 meters and a width of 300 meters, which can be used for emergency landing of the aircraft. The parallel taxiways, connecting roads and parking garage on the east side of the main runway are all concrete structures. The first taxiway is 390 meters long, 14 meters wide and 18 centimeters thick. The second and fifth taxiways are 203 meters long, 14 meters wide and 24 centimeters thick. The passenger apron in front of the terminal building is 100 meters long, 28 meters wide and 15 centimeters thick. It can be used for parking 10 An-24 similar models and 1 Boeing 737 aircraft. The airport is equipped with radio navigation equipment such as south, north and near navigation stations, command towers, ultra-short wave directional stations, secondary radars, landing radars, and night flight lights.

Photographic Evaluation Report

As of the year 2000, high resolution imagery was available from three sources, including declassified CORONA imagery. Commercially available Russian 2-meter resolution KVR-1000 imagery is available via the SPIN-2 service on TerraServer.

As of 01 May 2000 archival Space Imaging IKONOS 1-meter imagery available on the CARTERRAT Archive includes 9 scenes of the Nanchang area, acquired between 14 February 2000 and 04 April 2000. All of these scenes, however, have heavy cloud cover well in excess of the standard 20% threshold.

30 April 1972 - CORONA 1989 - SPIN-2
Imagery from Copyright Aerial Images, Inc. and SOVINFORMSPUTNIK. Distribution and publishing in any form requires permission from Aerial Images, Inc.

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