Shaikh Isa Air Base

Airfield Profile

Key Facts

Name: Shaikh Isa Air Base
Alternate Name:  
Location: Shaikh Isa
IATA Code: none
Usage: Military
Category: Major Air Base
Start: unknown


Operator: Royal Bahraini Air Force, Air Operations Centre, PO Box 245, Bahrain.

Operator’s Identity Codes:

Code Operator
n/a RBAF


Country Region Sub-Region
Bahrain Southern Governorate

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: Manama – airfield is 11 miles (18 km) south.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. N 25° 55′ 06.10″ E 050° 35′ 26.01″
Decimal N 25.9184° E 50.5906°

Elevation: 41 m/136 ft

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Name Changes

Shaikh Isa Air Base 1987 – Present

Narrative Summary

The massive Shaikh Isa Air Base is located in the south east of Bahrain Island, 18 nm south of Manama. It was built with American assistance from 1987. It is the base for the 1st Fighter Wing of the BAAF. After the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, and during the Gulf War, the base was host to A-6E and F/A-18 units of the US Marine Corps between August 1990 and March 1991. USMC, US Navy and USAF units have continued to deploy to the base at regular intervals up until the present day.

Note: Several references give the location of this base as being on Sitrah (or Sintrah) Island. Sitrah is a small island to the west of Bahrain Island and does NOT host any military air bases.

Key Dates

1987    Work starts on constructing Shaikh Isa AB
198?    Formally opening of the base
1990    US military units arrive


Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
15/33 3800 12467 45 148 Paved


The following organisations are, or were, permanently based at this location:

Based Military Units

Unit Operator Arrived Departed Activity
1st Fighter Wing RBAF 1989 Current Various
VMA(AW)-224 USMC 28 Aug 1990 Mar 1991 Fighter-Bomber
VMFA-235 USMC 22 Aug 1990 Mar 1991 Fighter-Bomber
69th FS USAF ? ? Fighter

Based Civilian Operators

Not applicable.

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information


‘The Story of Aviation in the Kingdom of Bahrain’ [Order this book from Amazon UK]


Feature articles to be added.


wikipedia: Sheik Isa Air Base

Pilot Information

Disclaimer: Information is provided on this page for historical purposes only, and not for aerial navigation.

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