Ismailia Air Base


Ismailia Air Base is an Egyptian Air Force (Arabic: القوات الجوية المصرية, El Qūwāt El Gawīyä El Maṣrīyä) helicopter base, located approximately 4 km west-northwest of the city of Ismailia; (Al Isma`iliyah); 116 km northeast of Cairo.

Ismailia Air Base
RAF Ismailia
Near: Ismailia, Egypt
458 Squadron RAAF personnel Egypt 1942 AWM SUK10649.jpg
Members of No. 458 Squadron RAAF at RAF Ismailia, 1942
Ismailia Air Base is located in Egypt
Ismailia Air Base
Ismailia Air Base
Location in Egypt
Coordinates30°35′53.75″N 32°14′12.86″E / 30.5982639°N 32.2369056°E / 30.5982639; 32.2369056Coordinates: 30°35′53.75″N 32°14′12.86″E / 30.5982639°N 32.2369056°E / 30.5982639; 32.2369056
Site information
OwnerEgyptian Armed Forces
OperatorRAF roundel.svg Royal Air Force
US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg United States Army Air Forces
Roundel of Egypt.svg Egyptian Air Force
Controlled byRoyal Air Force (1935-1956)
Ninth Air Force (1942)
Egyptian Air Force (1956 – present)
Site history
Battles/warsWorld War II
Airfield information
Direction Length and surface
13/31 3217 ft Asphalt


Ismailia was a pre-World War II station, originally opened by the British about 1916.

On 5–7 November 1938, RAF Vickers Wellesley aircraft set a non-stop distance record by flying from Ismailia to Darwin, Australia, a distance of 7,162 miles (11520.4 km).

During World War II, the airfield, then known as RAF Ismailia or Ismailia Airfield, continued to be used as a military airfield by the British Royal Air Force and also the United States Army Air Force during the North African Campaign against Axis forces.

Today, the airfield is an active Egyptian Air Force base. The base is housing an SA-342 Gazelle unit and further is this base being used for other military helicopter movements.

Major units assignedEdit

Royal Air Force
  • No. 208 Squadron RAF 1920-1922
  • No. 113 Squadron RAF Aug-Sep 1917
  • No. 211 Squadron RAF Jan 1939-Nov 1940
  • No. 40 Wing RAF 1919-Apr 1920
    • No. 33 Squadron RAF 1938 - ?
United States Army Air Forces (Ninth Air Force)


    • "Gladiator Ace" (2010), B. Cull, Haynes Publishing, p. 20 -21.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^   This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website
    • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
    • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556.
  • Royal Air Force Airfield Creation for the Western Desert Campaign

External linksEdit

  Media related to RAF Ismailia at Wikimedia Commons