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Wake Island Airfield, Terminal Building, West Side of Wake Avenue, Wake Island, Wake Island, UM

Wake Island Airfield, Terminal Building, West Side of Wake Avenue, Wake Island, Wake Island, UM



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Significance: The Wake Island airfield played an important and central role in transpacific commercial airline and developments after World War II (WWII). The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA)/Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operations of airport facilities at Midway, Wake, and Guam became part of the federal airways; links in the air routes over the Pacific; and part of Pan American World Airways' (Pan Am) Pacific airline operations. Wake Island airfield served as a key refueling station for transpacific flights until the early 1970s when technological advances in aircraft design resulted in higher-efficiency jet aircraft with longer-range capabilities and lessened the need for refueling stops. Building 1502 is associated with the events on Wake Island and in the Pacific that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of commercial transpacific flight from 1962 to ca. 1972, terminating with the last Pan Am commercial flight through Wake Island airfield...
Survey number: HABS UM-2-A



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