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Ben Guerir Air Base.
Category. Statistic.
Location. Morocco.
Opened in. 1951.
Closed in. Still open.
Operated by. Strategic Air Command 1951-2005 and the Moroccan Air-force there after
Owned by. US DoD 1951-2005 and the Moroccan DoD there after.
Outside links. http://military.wikia.com/wiki/Ben_Guerir_Air_Base, http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/facility/ben_guerir.htm, http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1048929/M/, http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=7029, http://www.aerospaceweb.org/question/spacecraft/q0278.shtml, http://www.3973cds.com/3973cdsbenguerir.php, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Guerir_Air_Base, Image Ben Guerir Air Base and http://www.wow.com/wiki/Ben_Guerir_Air_Base.

HistoryEdit

Ben Guerir Air Base is a Royal Moroccan Air Force base in the Marraksh-Safi region of Morocco. It is located about 36 miles (58 km) north of Marrakech, near the town of Ben Guerir.

It previously served as a United States Air Force base and Transatlantic Abort Landing (TAL) site for the Space Shuttle.

Ben Guerir last served as a TAL site in June 2002, for STS-111, which landed at Edwards Air Force Base at the conclusion of its flight. The base was deactivated in 2005, after supporting 83 shuttle missions.

According to Scramble.nl, it is home to an Escadre de Chasse (roughly Fighter Wing), with three squadrons of F-16C/Ds: the "Falcon", "Spark", and "Viper" squadrons.

The Moroccan Air Force is currently upgrading Ben Guerir Air Base to support its acquisition of F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.

Also seeEdit

  1. USAF
  2. NASA
  3. Morocco
  4. Manned space travel
  5. Noteworthy Air bases
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