Lubang Airport - Jan. 2009
  Note: The airport terminal building can be seen in the left background

LUBANG AIRPORT - LUBANG ISLAND


  Rustic bench at Lubang Airport

During the Japanese occupation in the Second World War the Japanese conscripted local Philippinos to assist them in building an airstrip in Barangay Tangal, in the Municipality of Lubang

Japanese aircraft on Lubang airstrip were bombed by American warplanes on October 24, 1944. A Japanese battleship in the vicinity of Barrio Vigo was also bombed.

After the Japanese Air power had been destroyed the American lead Allied Forces landed in Tilik on February 28, 1945.

Bing Higgins, who was posted to Gozar Air Station in 1968 by the USAF, wrote in (12 Nov. 09), to say that when he arrived, the Lubang Municipal Airport consisted of a dirt strip which facilitated a former PAL (Philippines Air Lines) turbo-prop plane to land several times a week, plus a strip for a USAF C-47 to arrive with mail, food and movies for the USAF personnel.

On one time, he recalls, a PAL plane got stuck in the mud after many days of rain and a USAF military 6-by truck had to pull it out.

At present (August 2013) a P15 million project is underway to asphalt a 270-by-18-meter runway at 13 meters above MSL. There are no scheduled flights from Manila but the Municipal Council is hoping that a service starts within the next year or so.


 

Interior of Terminal Building - Lubang Airport
Airlink International Aviation College

At present the only structure resembling a control tower, is that pictured above on the left, and it appears to be part of the Aviation College building.

Airlink International Aeronautical College - Lubang Airport
Inside Airlink Maintenance Hanger
Contractors construction equipment
Fuel Depot at Lubang Airport - Jan. 2009

 
Supply Oilfield Services Inc. office at Lubang Airport
Possibly a Pilot's Clubhouse at Lubang Airport
Aircraft Fuel Storage Area

Reference: HISTORY OF LUBANG by Rudy Candelario - translated into English by Benjamin Walata. (http://occidentalmindorohistory.googlepages.com/historylubang)

Contractors bitumin preparation equipment

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