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Bhamo Airport

Bhamo Airport
(Banmaw Airport)
BMO is located in Burma
Location of airport in Burma
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Serves Bhamo (Banmaw), Myanmar (Burma)
Elevation AMSL 370 ft / 113 m
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 1,677 5,502 Bitumen
Sources: [1][2][3]

Bhamo Airport (ICAO: VYBM) is an airport serving Bhamo (Banmaw),[1] a city in the Kachin State in northern Burma. It is also known as Banmaw Airport.


  • History 1
  • Facilities 2
  • Airlines and destinations 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Built as a Japanese Air Force base in 1942, the airport was attacked numerous times by Allied forces before being seized in May 1945. It was repaired by the 1891st Engineer Aviation Battalion then was used as a combat resupply and casualty evacuation airfield by Tenth Air Force, which moved elements of the 1st Combat Cargo Group to the field. It was also used as a communications relay station as well as a base for forward air controllers (51st Fighter Control Squadron). It was closed at the end of September 1945. [4] [5] [6] [7]


The airport resides at an elevation of 370 feet (113 m) above mean sea level. It has 1 runway designated 15/33 with a bituminous surface measuring 1,677 by 31 metres (5,502 ft × 102 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Myanma Airways Mandalay
Yangon Airways Yangon


  1. ^ a b c Airport information for VYBM from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for BMO at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ Banmaw Airport coordinates from Wikimapia
  4. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
  5. ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4
  6. ^ - Bhamo keyword search
  7. ^ USAFHRA document search Bhamo

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