I am researching a book about Attu Island during WWII. How would I go about getting permission to visit the old airbase there? How would I charter a boat to the island?

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    possible duplicate of Travelling to Attu Island
    – Karlson
    Jun 25, 2014 at 19:12
  • I think this one is different than the other question, as it ask specifically about the airbase, while the other one is just how to get to the island.
    – drat
    Jun 25, 2014 at 19:56
  • @pnuts: That seems to be nearly 10x too far. By great circle, ATU-ANC is 1481 miles. Jun 26, 2014 at 0:58
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    @pnuts: I wonder if they went via Dubai. :) Jun 26, 2014 at 1:08

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Alexai Point Army Airfield is the airfield used in World War 2. The Airfield is abandoned and can be visited without permission having closed in 1946.

Further west, he naval airfield that became "Naval Air Facility Attu" is also closed but can be used for emergencies, however I suspect that you are more interested in Alexai Point


I was stationed at Loran A/C Station in 1970-1980 when Mr. Wayne L. Green visited the island doing research for his book Allegiance. Also, I'm sure you must have read Thousand-Mile War by Brian Garfield. If you ever make it there you must visit Engineering Hill. I don't know the condition of the runways are in but my guess is that it would cost less to get a charter flight.

I was referring Attu, Alaska. You may be thinking I was talking about a a Lear jet or something like that. What I had in mind was a bush plane, if you could find one.


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