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Torrejón de Ardoz is a town in the urban area of Madrid, Spain, and has about 110,000 inhabitants.

It is a town 20 km east of Madrid on the NII highway (Madrid-Barcelona). It is essentially a dormitory town, mostly consisting of apartments. It can be reached by bus from Av. de América bus station in Madrid (about 20 minutes) or by suburban train from Madrid's Atocha station (30m).

The European Union Satellite Centre, an agency of the European Union, is located in Torrejón de Ardoz.

During the Spanish Civil War it was the site of a massacre of anti-Republican soldiers and alleged Nationalist civilians by members of the Communist Party, supposedly acting under the orders of Santiago Carrillo.

There is also a military airbase in Torrejón de Ardoz. This base uses to receive business jets, and its runway can be seen to the right when landing at Madrid's Barajas airport. For years, the American Air Force occupied the base under agreements made with General Francisco Franco; protecting NATO's southern flank. One of the election platforms of Felipe Gonzalez' socialist party (PSOE) was to close the base to the American fighter wing. Keeping his election promise, the then 401st Tactical Fighter Wing's (now the 401st Air Expeditionary Wing) lease was not renewed and the F-16 fighter wing left the base in the very early nineties.

It is also the birthplace of former Toronto Raptors forward Jorge Garbajosa, Real Madrid midfielder Guti and professional wrestler Glenn Jacobs, better known by his ring name Kane.

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Coordinates: 40°27′N 3°29′W / 40.45°N 3.483°W / 40.45; -3.483








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