Rabat Salé Airport Facts
Salé Airport or Rabat–Salé Airport is an international airport located in the city of Salé, serving as well its sister town Rabat, the capital city of Morocco and of the Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer region. It is a joint use public and military airport, also known as the First Royal Air Force Base. The airport is located about 8 kilometres east-northeast of Rabat and about 90 km (56 mi) northeast of Casablanca.
During World War II, the airport was used as a military airfield by the United States Army Air Forces. The 319th Bombardment Group briefly flew B-26 Marauders from the airfield between 25 April - 1 June 1943. After the Americans moved out their combat units in mid-1943, the airport was used as a stopover and landing field for Air Transport Command aircraft on the Casablanca-Algiers transport route. When the war ended, control of the airfield was returned to civil authorities.