The base is managed by Mungalalu Truscott Airbase Pty Ltd (formerly ShoreAir Pty Ltd) and has been registered with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority as a commercial airbase since April 2005. MT Airbase manages the Mungalalu Truscott Airbase under an agreement with the Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation (WGAC). Royalties from the use of the base constitute an important income stream for the local Aboriginal community, and the base offers opportunities for local indigenous employment.
MT Airbase played a key role in the defence of northern Australia during World War II, when it was known as Truscott Airfield. The airfield was constructed in 1944 as a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base. RAAF Truscott was named after the Australian air ace, Keith ‘Bluey’ Truscott.
Mungalalu Truscott Airbase (MT Airbase) is a key strategic commercial air field in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, 617km northeast of Broome and 520km southwest of Darwin. MT Airbase is 50 per cent owned by PTTEP Australasia.
Located on the Anjou Peninsula in the far north Kimberley, it is one of the most isolated airstrips in the world. MT Airbase occupies 46 sq km on Aboriginal land under the traditional ownership of the Wunambal Gaambera people (the traditional name for the area is Mungalalu).