Manus Island Momote Airport – A video of an amazing airport
Momote Airport in Manus is the only Airport for the island province in Papua New Guinea. Its on the Los Negro Island and during World War II was one of the important air and marine basis first for the Japanese Army and later for the Allied Forces who captured the base from the Japanese. The Allied Forces used its strategic location to their advantage in the WWII Pacific Campaign. In this video, my friend Kuiox and I drive around the island after I arrived.
During WWII the Allied Forces basically graded and cemented the whole of Momote for their planes and bombers etc, its was a hub of activity with thousands of men and equipment arriving and leaving daily.
Now half a century later, trees and shrub have grown through the cement, old sheds have all rusted away and people have used the surplus to build homes and trade, but still poking around Momote is still interesting.
If you watch the video, abot 7 minutes in Kuiox and i are standing on one of the World War II pontoons and he gives a great description of how it might have been back in the War.
As we drive out of Momote, we drive over a bridge that is called the Chicago Bridge, just a reminder that at one time, there were thousands of American engineers here.
Anyway, enjoy the video