Bodø Main Air Station (Norwegian: Bodø hovedflystasjon is situated just outside Bodø, Norway and is the largest air station in Norway, operated by the Royal Norwegian Air Force. This air station is the home of the 331st and the 332nd Squadron of F-16s in addition to a detachment from the 330th Squadron of Westland Sea King helicopters. Bodø MAS is also the producer of the NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System). Near the air station, at Bodin, there is an air force training base. Also at the station is the civilian Bodø Airport.
The air force base is manned by approximately 450 conscripted recruits, with 1000 employees in total. Bodø Main Air Station hosts 50% of the Norwegian jet fighter force. Their main objectives are to train new pilots and to maintain two fighters at immediate readiness for NATO. The Sea King aircraft are used for search and rescue operations.
Before the outbreak of WW II Bodø did not have an Airfield. All air communication was managed with seaplanes by the Norwegian company Widerøe.
An SS report held at the Berlin Document Centre states that the second Ju-390 prototype was loaded at Schweidnitz near Breslau in April 1945 for the evacuation of Kammler's Bell project. The aircraft said to be painted in Sweedish Air Force markings, then flew to Bodo.
That report is corroborated by Polish interrogation reports declassified in 1998 and cited by Polish author Igor Witowski. One report featured the interrogations of SS-Gruppenfuehrer Jakob Sporrenberg, in charge of security in wartime Norway.
Allied Intelligence reports from May 1944 based on Enigma intercepts disclosed trials of the Ju-290 aircraft with four tail parachutes to shorten runway requirements by 60%. By this method and it's nine wheeled undercarriage it is possible that the Ju-390 could have used Bodo.
When the Second World War ended, the Norwegians took control of the airport and in 1950 the modern history of the airfield begins. The airport has undergone major modernization and expansion projects up to the present day. In 1988 NATO injected vast amounts of money to enable the airfield to handle large air forces in the event of an emergency.
No other area in the NATO alliance confronted Soviet counterparts face-to-face as frequently as the Norwegian fighter squadrons at Bodø during the Cold War. At the height of the Cold War they scrambled to the skies on a daily basis and saw up to 200 confrontations a year.