King Abdullah I Air Base - Marka, Amman
The King Abdullah Air Base is situated north-east of Amman and was RAF Amman from 1922 until 1948. The Arab Legion Air Force then shared the facilities until 1957 when the RAF handed over to the RJAF.
In 1948 KAAB suffered an air attack during the first Arab/Israeli War and was hit again in the 1967 War.
His Majesty King Abdullah I presented the first flying wings to Jordanian pilots in 1951 at this Base.
KAAB was the first RJAF air base and home to the first two operational fighter squadrons.
In 1952 new runways and facilities were built and expanded in order to operate day fighter/ground attack squadrons. On January 19, 1954 King Hussein formally inaugurated the new runway with a circuit in his twin-engined Dove.
KAAB was also the main international airport until 1982 with the runway extended in the early 70s to accommodate larger aircraft.
The General Headquarters of the Air Force is based there with one Air Lift Wing consisting of Nos 3, 7, 8 and 14 Squadrons and the Royal Squadron.
The Prince Feisal Technical College, the Police Helicopter Wing and the Gliding Club are also based there. A civilian airport, two air academies and two facilities run by the Air Force – Jordan Aeronautics Systems (JAC), which maintains the C130s and Jordan International Air Cargo (JIAC), share the facilities.