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Part of the Mariana Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) in the Central Pacific, Tinian is three miles south of Saipan and only slightly smaller (about 70 square miles). It is mostly flat with its highest point reaching only 500 feet. There are a couple hotels including a small casino (mostly Chinese customers). The island is completely open for anyone to travel nearly anywhere. The only restricted areas are fenced-in old munitions dumps.
Type: Outdoors Status: Accessibility: Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern M
Mariana Island Owner: CNMI-Under permanent lease by the U.S. Military
There are many notable features on Tinian left from use as an American airbase. The most obvious features are the extensive road network and four massive concrete runways and countless taxiways. Of particular interest are the two bomb pits specifically designed and built to lift the 9,000lb atomic bombs into the B-29s. There are also many vehicles such as landing craft and a few buildings.
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After Tinian was captured by American in August, 1944, Tinian was converted by the Americans into the largest air base in the world. The work was done entirely by the Navy Seabees. The northern half of Tinian was covered by four gigantic runways (Able, Baker, Charlie, and Dog) to support the new B-29 bombers in the strategic bombing of Japan. Nearly 1,000 B-29s were based on Tinian alone in addition to nearly 50,000 American pilots, bomber crews, support staff, and troops. Throughout 1945, B-29s based in the Marianas decimated Japan in relentless firebombing on an almost daily basis. On August 6 and 9, 1945, B-29s from Tinian dropped Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After Japan's surrender, the Tinian airbase was closed in 1947 and the Chamorro people were allowed to return. Today, Tinian, along with Saipan and Rota, is part of the U.S. affiliated Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or CNMI. The U.S. navy maintains a permanent lease on most of Tinian including the former North Field complex.
The U.S. Navy holds a permanent lease on most of Tinian. Over the past thirty years, the military has used the land for training on a few occasions. By 2010, the U.S. military will begin to transfer 10,000-12,000 Marines to the Marianas. Since the Navy lease on Tinian is the largest undeveloped or used land, the Marines will most likely use the land for training purposes.