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Konya Air Base, Turkey
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The USAFE weapons training range near Konya Air Base, Turkey, is located some 260 kilometers (162 miles) south of Ankara, the capital of Turkey, and about 140 miles northwest of Incirlik Air Base. The range is a facility for training in surface attack tactics and weapons employment. USAFE and the Turkish Air Force jointly use the range. The airfield has a 10,900 foot main runway.

Konya was a Turkish F-100 base in the mid-1970s. A McDonnell F-4E-32-MC Phantom crashed at Konya Air Base on 15 October 1992, though the crew was unhurt in the accident. The plane had been sold to Turkey in 1987.

Air forces from Israel, Turkey and the United States conducted their first joint exercises at Konya in June 2001, codenamed Anatolian Eagle. More allied and friendly nations are expected to use the Konya range in the coming years. The range is planned to be fully developed into a simulated hostile environment in 2004. There is some opposition from Islamic activists to the Israeli air maneuvers. Konya is a stronghold for the pro-Islamic Virtue Party.

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