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.

Phillipine Airlines Turbprop stuck in the mud at Lubang Airport 1968

Above is a photo, by Bing Higgins, of the Philippine Air Lines turboprop, that got stuck in mud at the Lubang airport, when it was turning around at end of dirt runway - to prepare for takeoff in February 1968.

Because of lots of rain, the area off the runway was wet and soft. We were asked to help out and we took our USAF 4X4 6.5-ton truck down and dug around the wheels best we could, got some old heavy boards, attached a big chain and then proceeded to pull the left wheels free of the mud. We of course had to use 4-wheel drive for this "civic operation".

Interior of Terminal Building - Lubang Airport

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.

Bing Higgins - 1968 - at Lubang Airport
A Philippine Airlines Turbo-prob being hauled out of mu at Lubang Airport - February 1968
PAL Terminal Building - Lubang Airport 1968
Loading PAL Douglas DC-3 with passenger luggage at Lubang Airport -1968
Lubang Airport Operations Building - 1968

Operations building on left with several tables/chairs for aircrew to use with flight maps, etc. Small parts kept here and also in the small building to right with metal roof, and a small amount of aviation fuel was stored here (see the 2 red/white drums behind building).
      A well is in the left side of picture (round stones) for a water source. The building in back to right is the toilets.
      This facility was as basic as you could get, all air operations very purely VFR (visual flight rules) and planes landed and took off on their own including the PAL commercial flights.

Quote from: Bing Higgins

PAL Stewardesses at Lubang Airport - 1968
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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