Info / Photo Collections - Kimpo Air Force Base

 

Kimpo played a major role during the Korean War, and the USAF designated this airfield as K-14. Most of these pictures are from June 1950 - December 1954 (Korean War and Armistice) timeframe era.

The airfield was originally constructed in 1939–1942. In 1958, the airport was redesignated as Gimpo. The name "Gimpo" comes from the nearby city of Gimpo, of which the airport used to be a part.

 

 

History Photo Archive from Every Man A Tiger (1950-1954)

 

Every Man A Tiger

An gold mine of many pictures from Kimpo. Grab a snack and click through the many photo galleries and squadron history.

 

 

History Photo Archive from Bill Colwell (1952)

 

USAF K-14 Kimpo, Korea 1952

A website devoted to the webmasters dad, Bill Colwell.

 

 

History Photo Archive from William Starr (1954)

 

An excellent website showing pictures from Kimpo. Fabulous Rocketeers

"Welcome to US Air Base K-14, Kimpo, Korea. It's 1954. The Korean war is over, but the thrill of being a jet fighter pilot never ends."

 

 

History Photo Archive from Ken Ewing (1954)

 

(Coming Soon)

 

 

History Photo Archive from Wally Yocum Jr (1954)

 

Click on above photos for some of my fathers photos from U.S. Air base K-14. These volumes show his life at Kimpo, various airplanes on the runway or in flight, and the airplane he was a crew chief for.

 

 

Gimpo International Airport (1958)

Map of the airport circa 2014, with the rail station seen along the top.


In 1958, the airport was redesignated as the Gimpo international airport of Seoul by a presidential decree, completely replacing the existing Yeouido Airport.

Following the construction of Gimpo, Yeouido Airport was totally demolished. It soon became the main airport of Seoul and South Korea in general. In 1971, a new combined domestic and international terminal was opened. However, following the opening of Terminal 1 in 1977, the original terminal was converted to domestic flights only. Later, Terminal 2 was opened due to the Olympic Games.

However, Gimpo began to take more flights than it is capable of handling. Since 1980, Gimpo met a lot of problems, due to its lack of space to expand. A major problem is that it has a curfew, which means arrivals and departures are strictly prohibited during the night.

Due to these problems, the South Korean government decided to build a new airport. It was actually planned in Cheongju, 124 kilometres away from Seoul, but it was strongly opposed by Seoul and Gyeonggi Province citizens due to its inconvenience (it would be farther away than Viracopos Airport in Campinas, Brazil, which is approximately 80 kilometres away from the city of São Paulo). Finally, the new site was decided to be nearby Yeongjong Island, a part of Incheon. This was later known as Incheon International Airport. All international flights were moved to Incheon when it opened in 2001, and Gimpo has only served domestic flights from then on.

(Above information from Wikipedia)

 

 

History Photo Archive from Bill Smothers (1960)

 

June 1960 Kimpo, Korea ~ Visit by US President Dwight Eisenhower


Photo of preparations at Kimpo Airbase, located about 15 miles (25 km) west of Seoul, South Korea, for the arrival of US President Eisenhower in June 1960 (exact date of his visit was June 19-20, 1960). This was Eisenhower's 2nd trip to Korea - in December 1952 he visited the Korean combat zone [visit made as President-elect.].

 

 

Gimpo Domestic Era (2003)

 

Due to the lack of airlines, a flight to Haneda Airport in Tokyo was started in 2003. From that, Gimpo returned as international airport. Since then, several international flights in neighbor countries were added and currently it normally served particular international airlines especially to nearby countries.

Since all 3 terminals were outdated, there's a masterplan to refurbish them. It is deemed to be completed by 2017.

Gimpo currently has two runways (3600 m × 45 m & 3200 m × 60 m), two passenger terminals, and one cargo terminal.

(Above information from Wikipedia)

 

 

History Photo Archive from Tom Yocum (2017)

 

Click on above photo for Tom Yocum's visit to Gimpo International Airport - April 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone with a Kimpo Archive that they would like to share, or have me set you up a page, please email the webmaster at: eric@yocumusa.com

 

 

 

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