Kuala Lumpur Old Airport
RMAF Kuala Lumpur
Simpang Air Force Base
Lapangan Terbang Simpang
Lapangan Terbang Kuala Lumpur
TUDM Kuala Lumpur
|Owner||Ministry of Defence (Malaysia)|
|Operator||Royal Malaysian Air Force|
|Location||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+08:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||111 ft / 34 m|
Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory in Malaysia
|Simpang Air Base|
|Part of Royal Malaysian Air Force|
|Type||Air Force Base|
It served as the main airport for Kuala Lumpur from 1952 to 1965 under the name Kuala Lumpur International Airport, until the main airport was moved to Subang International Airport. It was the first airport to serve Kuala Lumpur and currently remains as the only airport to be located within the boundaries of Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory.
Formerly known as RAF Kuala Lumpur, it was used by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (Malay: Tentera Udara DiRaja Malaysia), Royal Malaysian Police Air Wing, and the air unit of the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department.
The airport was supposed to be demolished to make way for a housing estate, but that plan was cancelled and the airport is still used for air force flights. There had been non-fatal accidents before, involving single engine airplanes, at the surrounding roads and flyovers which are usually very busy during rush hours.
The airport also housed the TUDM Museum, which was the only aviation museum in Malaysia but ceased operation for the construction of the Bandar Malaysia North station. There was no entrance fee and there a total of 18 aircraft at the museum, including a de Havilland Tiger Moth and one of the few surviving Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneers. Some of the aircraft were accessible, like the de Havilland Dove.
The airport has ceased operation on 16 March 2018. The air base will be relocated to Sendayan which is 70 km away from Kuala Lumpur .
- AIP Malaysia: WMKF - RMAF Kuala Lumpur/Simpang at Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia
- Royal Selangor Flying Club: Location
- KLIA: Phases and History Archived 2015-08-26 at the Wayback Machine
- Royal Selangor Flying Club: Fleet
- The Star online: Museums draw crowd during holidays
- RMAF bids farewell to Sungai Besi base
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