Guam – A C-130 military cargo aircraft landed at North Field just before noon today [Wednesday].
It was the first time since after World War II in 1947 that a U.S. military plane landed on the airfield.
The landing at North Field, the Saipan Tribune reports, is considered one of the highlights in the ongoing Exercise Geiger Fury 2012 on Tinian, with 150 to 175 personnel from Marine Aircraft Group-12 out of Iwakuni, Japan participating.
Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 commanding officer Lt. Col. Michael Taylor said Marines pushed back a lot of vegetation that has grown up over the flight line and did some repairs to some of the asphalt on Baker Runway at North Field.
At the height of the war, North Field was the busiest airfield in the world, with military planes taking off or landing every 90 seconds.
Tinian’s North Field was also the launching pad for the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, hastening the end of the war.
The four 8,500-foot runways at North Field on Tinian comprised the largest single airport in the world in mid-summer 1945.