Bakki airstrip south Iceland. Built by a farmer in a Potato

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Bakki airstrip south Iceland. Built by a farmer in a Potato

Post  Black Hornet on Sun 23 Oct 2011 - 1:51

And a pilot that is. Never flooded or had difficulties operating it.


BAKKI AIRPORT

Pilot Bjarni Jonsson inspected the conditions for an airport at Bakki in 1978 and the landowner, Jon Einarsson, farmer at Bakki and later supervisor of the airport, rendered assistance. They both came to the conclusion, that a part of the potato fields was the best location and decided to sow grass there at their own expense. It was an excellent landing strip and was used for years on end. In 1990, the Civil Aviation Administration took over the operation and the runways were lengthened. The flight between the Heimaey island and the mainland takes 7 minutes and many of the islanders own and keep their cars in garages or outdoors near the airport.

http://www.nat.is/travelguideeng/bakki_airport_hvolsvollur.htm


Ideally suited to intercept enemy shipping headed to Reykjavic also had the Germans landed there.

Here's the 2 strips at Heimay
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9202416912655353114&q=Heimaey#

The locals around Kaldadarnes warned the British that it was a flood area, they didn't listen. It was their own stupidity that was responsible for that. Melgerdi & Reykjavic runways didn't flood.

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Post  Black Hornet on Tue 24 Jan 2012 - 1:16

An improvised 'unprepared' airstrip for JU 52s, in the worst possible weather conditions.

http://www.wiki.luftwaffedata.co.uk/wiki/index.php?title=Demyansk_and_Kholm

an improvised field strip lacking in facilities. The landing strip was approx 800 metres long by 50 metres wide, there were taxying and unloading areas. All of this had been created by removing the top layer of snow and packing the underlying snow hard. This created a facility that could be used by between 20 and 30 aircraft at a time.

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Post  Opaque Hornet on Wed 18 Sep 2013 - 23:17

Clark CA-1 Airborne Tractor
For rapid runway construction. This one was built in 24 hours.

olive-drab.com

On 5 March 1944, following the airborne landing of Allied forces behind Japanese lines in Northern Burma, more than 30 gliders carrying men, pack animals, lighting equipment and tractors of this type made a night landing at a jungle clearing designated as "Broadway." Within 24 hours, airborne engineers had prepared a landing strip 300 feet by 5,000, ready for use by more gliders and Troop Carrier Command C-47s, bringing in more men, animals and supplies.

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