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Boulhaut Air Base

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Located NearBoulhaut, Morocco
Coordinates 33°39′18″N 007°13′25″W / 33.655°N 7.22361°W / 33.655; -7.22361
Boulhaut AB is located in Morocco
Boulhaut AB
Location of Boulhaut Air Base, Morocco

Boulhaut Air Base is a former United States Air Force base located in Morocco.

Built in 1954 by French contractors, the base was opened on 15 April 1955. The base was one of three SAC bases (Boulhaut, Sidi Slimane, Nouasseur) constructed in Morocco in response to the heightened Cold War fears by NATO after the Korean War. Its base host unit was the 3936th Air Base Squadron which reported to the Strategic Air Command 5th Air Division. SAC assumed jurisdiction of the base on 1 June 1955. The base included housing, code rooms, radar, cold-storage plant, glass-walled servicemen's club and a movie theater, along with a 10,000-foot runway at a cost of $23 million.

It was used as a forward deployment base for B-47 Stratojet bombers and support units.

Boulhaut was closed about 1963 and turned over to the Moroccan government. Analysis of aerial imagery shows that the condition of the runway; taxiways and parking apron indicate that the facility is still in use, possibly as a Moroccan Air Force axillary airfield with minimum staffing. Several small transport aircraft are parked on the apron.

A small hangar and control tower is visible, with most former USAF facilities having been removed. Some buildings to the southwest of the runway in a state of abandonment, possibly from USAF use along with several water towers and streets only remains of American presence.

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Ravenstein, Charles A. Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History 1984. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.

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