Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Megiddo Airport

(Israel Twitter)Megiddo Airport (known as Shachar 7 by the Israel Defense Forces) (IATA: N/A, ICAO: LLMG), is an Israeli airport located near Megiddo and 3 km southwest of Afula in the Jezreel Valley. It currently handles private and agricultural flights. It formerly served as an Israeli Air Force base and was decommissioned in the mid-1980s.
Defected MiG 23
On October 11, 1989, a Syrian MiG-23MLD defected to Israel, landing at Meggido. The aircraft was afterwards flown by IAF's Flight Test Center and is now on display in the IAF museum in Hatzerim.
In April 2006, Jezreel Valley Regional Council announced that an international airport will be constructed in Megiddo in cooperation with a number of authorities. The new airport is located on a 400 dunam (400,000 m², 100 acres) site and construction is to cost $35 million. Officials report that the airport will undoubtedly increase tourism to the Jezreel Valley and surrounding areas.

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