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TDY Gouge - Truk, Micronesia


Chuuk (Truk Islands), Micronesia - Field is 6000' with a small ramp and only served by NDB/DME approach. Getting a clearance to get out of there can be a pain if there are other inbounds since there is no radar and everything is done over HF. Served daily by Continental Airlines. There is a small USAF Civil Action Team (CAT) that maintains a compound above the airfield on a nearby hill. The only resort is the Blue Lagoon which is a nice place on the water. There's a couple restaurants and a bar there. The place is world famous with scuba divers because Truk was a major Japanese Naval Supply base in WWII and there are something like 50 ships sunk there due to a 1944 US raid. If you get to spend the night the locals will take you our snorkeling or diving on the wrecks for a reasonable fee. This is not a place you would normally plan to go to but if you do wind up there with a day off it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a beautiful tropical island and see some incredible military history.

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