Araxos Air Base

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Αράξου, Kratikos Aerolimenas Araxou, Patras Araxos Airport

Historical approach and aerodrome charts

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
CoordinatesN380903 E0212532 (WGS84) Google Maps
Location indicatorLGRX

In the 1940s

Araxos aerial picture, January 1945
Aerial picture from January 1945 - The viewing direction is approximately south-southwest. (Source: US DoD)
Araxos airfield in World War II
Enlargement: Eastern part - The whole image was classified as "Restricted". (Source: US DoD)
Aerial image of Araxos airfield in 1945
Enlargement: Western part (Source: US DoD)
Planes at Araxos aerodrome 1945
Enlargement: Planes (Source: US DoD)
Approach chart Araxos Air Base, Greece 1945
Approach (May 1945) - The map was initially classified as "Confidential" and was then downgraded to "Restricted". (Source: US DoD)
Araxos Air Base Map, Greece 1945
Airfield map (April 1945) - There are two runways - 082/262: length 1189 m, width 46 m (3900 feet x 150 feet), 18/36: length 1189 m, width 46 m (3900 feet x 150 feet). Remarkable is the Decauville Railway on the western side (Source: US DoD)

In the 1950s

Approach chart for Araxos Air Base, Greece 1952
Approach (January 1952) (Source: US DoD)
Map of Araxos Air Base, Greece 1952
Airport map (January 1952) - There are two runways - 09/27: length 1189 m, width 50 m (3900 feet x 164 feet), 18/36: length 1219 m, width 50 m (4000 feet x 164 feet). (Source: US DoD)

In the 1960s

Satellite image of Araxos Airport, 1965
Satellite image from 26 July 1965 - The image is from a US reconnaissance satellite and was previously subject to high levels of secrecy. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Index to the objects shown on the maps

Radio beacons:

  • Araxos NDB "SWX"

Places:

  • Aniforeika, Ano Manolas
  • Bania Kounoupeli
  • Cape Araxos / Ακρωτήριον Άραξος / Άκρα Πάππα
  • Draganon
  • Franga
  • Gerbesi, Gulf of Patras / Πατραϊκός Κόλπος
  • Ionian Sea / Ιόνιο Πέλαγος
  • Kangadhi, Kato Achaia / Κάτω Αχαΐα, Krioneri
  • Lakkopetra, Lappa Limnokhori, Lousika
  • Mazaraki, Metokhi
  • Nea Manolas
  • Paralimni
  • Riotos

Source for all maps, if not marked otherwise: US Department of Defense (US DoD)

Attention: Taking pictures and making notes at Greek military airfields is prohibited. Those who are caught are subject to unpleasant procedures and end up in prison. According to reports, the local population seems to play a role in this, as they report strangers.

Whether such rigid methods are considered appropriate in today's world of cyber threat and in Europe is up to each individual to decide. But it seems to be reality and one should act accordingly.


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