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Manas Air Base Kyrgyzstan




Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, which is also called Ganci Air Base, unofficially is a military installation of the United States at Manas International Airport, located near Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. This air base in Kyrgyzstan is chiefly operated by the U.S. Air Force.

This Kyrgyzstan Air base installation was a tribute to a martyr and thus named after the New York Fire Department Chief, Peter J. Ganci, Jr., who died in the terrorist attack of September 11. The Air Force used the casual name "Ganci", for a very short tenure until the Air Force Instruction or AFI declared that alien air bases shall not carry the name of any native heroes from home. Henceforth this air base was officially called Manas Air Base.

In 2005, the Tulip Revolution of March, when the politics of Kyrgyzstan required too many flights to foreign countries, the respective personnel did not find themselves into any disrupted or affected flight schedules and the Manas Air Base worked efficiently whenever any military service was required.

The war crafts that have access in Manas Air Base Kyrgyzstan are A KC-135 Stratotanker, US Air Force F-15Es, US Marine Corps F-18s, KC-135, 2 B707, Netherlands KDC-10 and American KC-135s.