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jared4271987
10-14-2008, 08:30 PM
So I was looking through another thread and saw a reference to a place called Skyomish State Airport. Looks pretty sketchy for most a/c if you ask me. So I'm starting this thread to see if anybody has any photos of other sketchy airports they've landed at? I guess we can include engine outs if you had time for the camera... :rolleyes: So far I've got nothing but paved runways (knock on wood) Just hoping for a little entertainment.


shanKs
10-14-2008, 09:31 PM
Probably one of the coolest approaches that I have done. Marshall Islands...

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c340/jtflies/CIMG0578.jpg

MrPlow
10-14-2008, 09:38 PM
That is an awesome picture, that looks like such a cool approach! I wonder how my downed Zeros are sunk around those islands...


USMCFLYR
10-14-2008, 09:53 PM
Wake Island.........a welcomed sight after coming off the type of tanker pictured - except there would be 9 feet of hose!:D

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3067/2943989456_4d4b43518d_o.jpg

USMCFLYR
10-14-2008, 09:58 PM
I saw on a program that there was this little airstrip basically sitting on the top of a mountain in North Carolina - part of an exclusive resort catering particulary to golfers! Looked pretty impressive.

USMCFLYR

MOOSEDRVR728
10-15-2008, 08:05 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3221/2944891650_4b0f678f11_b.jpg

IlliniPilot99
10-15-2008, 08:35 AM
USMC - 2NCO Mountain Air Airport Burnsville, North Carolina

I tried to land there once but you have to call ahead and get authorization...who knew

AZFlyer
10-15-2008, 09:35 AM
...looks more like carrier approaches....

USN C9B
10-15-2008, 11:22 AM
In no particular order. I wish I had pictures!

Wake Isl.
Kwajelien
Gibralter
Saint Martin
Hot Springs, VA

Plus a couple others that aren't on any charts.

C9

BoredwLife
10-15-2008, 06:20 PM
I've got a buddy with video and pictures taking a 757 into Diego Garcia. Im waiting to see if he will send some my way.

alarkyokie
10-16-2008, 04:30 AM
Could be Jackson County...
http://img.airnav.com/ap/13641
or maybe Macon County..
http://www.franklin-chamber.com/airport/images/macon_county_airport_franklin_north_carolina.jpg
source: North Carolina Airports Association (http://www.ncairports.org/)

USMCFLYR
10-16-2008, 06:03 PM
Could be Jackson County...
http://img.airnav.com/ap/13641
or maybe Macon County..
http://www.franklin-chamber.com/airport/images/macon_county_airport_franklin_north_carolina.jpg
source: North Carolina Airports Association (http://www.ncairports.org/)

Looks like what I described - but the particular one i was talking about has a golf course surrounding it - sometimes right up by the runway - so I don't think this one is it; but it still looks great!

USMCFLYR

UAL T38 Phlyer
10-16-2008, 07:26 PM
Photos: - Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net (http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1221388/M)

This is one of my favorites. It is in Courcheval, France. It is half-way up the side of the mountain, in the middle of a huge ski area. Elevation about 6700 ft.

I skied in Courcheval for a week in 1994. One of the chairlifts went right past the runway. As you can see from the link, the only level ground on the airport is the pad at the top of the runway. It was amazing to see.

It is 1722 ft long. Uphill slope is 18.5%. There is regularly scheduled airliner service in the winter, in things like Turbo Porters.

You only land going uphill. You only takeoff going downhill.

If you search for videos, you'll find cockpit shots that show you almost can't see the runway infront of you for takeoff---just take a plunge of faith over the side of the pad at the top of the hill.

I think it would be a "Black" trail on the ski-map.

EvilGN
10-16-2008, 08:26 PM
Wow, the above airport is just nutz! Is there even TLR data for most airplanes for a situation like this? 18* upslope on landing....you better hope you get your wheels down before the flat spot starts sloping up

USMCFLYR
10-16-2008, 09:21 PM
VERY IMPRESSIVE! Almost as short as a runway or two that I've seen once or twice :(
So UAL - can a RHINO get in there? ;)

USMCFLYR

AZFlyer
10-16-2008, 11:21 PM
Photos: - Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net (http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1221388/M)

This is one of my favorites. It is in Courcheval, France. It is half-way up the side of the mountain, in the middle of a huge ski area. Elevation about 6700 ft.

I skied in Courcheval for a week in 1994. One of the chairlifts went right past the runway. As you can see from the link, the only level ground on the airport is the pad at the top of the runway. It was amazing to see.

It is 1722 ft long. Uphill slope is 18.5%. There is regularly scheduled airliner service in the winter, in things like Turbo Porters.

You only land going uphill. You only takeoff going downhill.

If you search for videos, you'll find cockpit shots that show you almost can't see the runway infront of you for takeoff---just take a plunge of faith over the side of the pad at the top of the hill.

I think it would be a "Black" trail on the ski-map.

It was also used in the opening of the Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies.

UAL T38 Phlyer
10-17-2008, 06:34 AM
USMC:

Yes, a Legacy Rhino could get in there, since it has been done before on a similar-length "runway," as you have alluded to....for about 25 years. :)

But, Courcheval would need at least one (and preferably 4) approach-end BAK-12s (E-28 to you!). :rolleyes:

(For the civilians, that means an F-4 has landed on a carrier, and the BAK-12 /E-28 are USAF and Navy designations for arresting cables, respectively).

Traineee
10-19-2008, 04:42 PM
So i take it there's no instrument approach on Courcheval, France? ha.

mmaviator
10-19-2008, 05:12 PM
The World's Scariest Runways | Travel + Leisure (http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/the-worlds-scariest-runways/1)


soon to be there and do this landing/take off(number 5 and 10).....writing my 'will' as i write this.

FlyinFoSheezy
11-20-2008, 02:23 PM
Shelter Cove, CA
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_E_GhyQdTh7s/SAwZqC2b-oI/AAAAAAAACGc/PJ8kZ604P5w/SC14.JPG

and

Ranger Creek, WA (21w)
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/28FC0C27-21A6-495B-A0E7-5977D12C06DC/0/Greenwater_21W_07.jpg

pete2800
11-20-2008, 03:31 PM
Camano Island up just north of Seattle. I have no pictures, but it's small, crappy, and has excessive power lines in the area of the threshold.

;)

Zayghami
11-26-2008, 10:42 AM
Clearview Airpark in Westminster MD
http://www.marylandregionalaviation.aero/_media/clients/mdpublicuseairports/2w2.jpg
1840 X 30 FT

BTDT
11-26-2008, 01:08 PM
Skagway, AK. I have an older picture but don't have a scanner so here's a link. You can see the runway on the left.

Skagway Animations (http://www.baird.com/baird/en_html/skagway/skagway.html)

11Fan
11-26-2008, 01:23 PM
Skagway, AK. I have an older picture but don't have a scanner so here's a link. You can see the runway on the left.

Skagway Animations (http://www.baird.com/baird/en_html/skagway/skagway.html)

BTDT,

I have a scanner. E-mail me the picture, I'll scan it and send it back to you.






:D

sinsilvia666
11-26-2008, 01:40 PM
7G1 Herron : New Cumberland WV (9 mi west of PIT International)

2000ft long by 20 ft wide

Poor asphalt, non-standard marking and lighting, taxi ways in grass, runway is doglegged with a public road running through it and you cant see either end from the other due to elevation change ! Way fun place to fly !

AirNav: 7G1 - Herron Airport (http://www.airnav.com/airport/7G1)

jungle
11-26-2008, 01:41 PM
Here is a real charmer of an airport I've ventured into more than a few times:

Villavicencio Airport Colombia (http://www.michaelprophet.com/VVC-airport.html)


An old help wanted ad:

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SEATS/JOBS AVAILABLE
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BTDT
11-26-2008, 02:19 PM
BTDT,

I have a scanner. E-mail me the picture, I'll scan it and send it back to you.






:D

I would if I could but I can't e-mail it. It's not on disc or anything so I can't post it or e-mail it. It's just a printed picture. Thanks for the offer. A friend just said he has a scanner so maybe I can get it on the confuser.

pilot141
11-28-2008, 07:15 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3205/3066670379_613fb2d332_o.jpg

That is Swan Island, also known as Isla del Cisne. Nothing but coral, iguanas and a few cows that the locals keep.

And to go along with jungle's Villavincencio (which I've been to many times) I give you San Jose del Guavier, Colombia.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3065/3066670361_251e997611_o.jpg

pilot141
11-28-2008, 07:20 PM
I would if I could but I can't e-mail it. It's not on disc or anything so I can't post it or e-mail it. It's just a printed picture. Thanks for the offer. A friend just said he has a scanner so maybe I can get it on the confuser.

Whoosh! :)

KC10 FATboy
11-29-2008, 10:22 AM
Ascension Island (KC-10)

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/6137854.jpg

Thule Greenland (KC-10). The runway, taxiways, and ramp are painted white to prevent them absorbing heat from the sun and melting through the ice.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9a/Thule_air_base_above.jpeg

-Fatty

CheyDogFlies
12-09-2008, 08:20 PM
Probably one of the coolest approaches that I have done. Marshall Islands...



Yes, I remember this one--it's PKMJ (Majuro). I let the Copilot land here once--he lined up on the drainage ditch on the right side since it was full of water. I said "Are you sure you see the runway?" A second look and he figured it out. I went there with a military plane and the natives were lined up at the fence to stare at the space alien.

PKWA is cool as well--not too far away, either. So are PTSA & PTKK. I've got photos somewhere but I just don't know where to start looking, they're so old... Good times.

U-I pilot
12-13-2008, 06:15 PM
St. Lucia, Castries - TLPC
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p31/U-Ipilt/IMG_1918.jpg

woodfinx
12-14-2008, 12:39 AM
KHSP - Hot Springs, VA

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3178/2940769536_0ccf8ae17c_o.jpg

chongololo
12-14-2008, 01:41 PM
Yes, St Lucia was fun, I landed there at night after doing the NDB approach!
I have one from Virgin Gorda, will figure out how to post it.

Philly
12-14-2008, 05:21 PM
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_G3A4drO_0-U/SUW8EwW36pI/AAAAAAAAACQ/ZvGPZm0Ga9I/Pegasus1.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_G3A4drO_0-U/SUW8FeM-jYI/AAAAAAAAACY/P6n-HjlM_5w/Pegasus2.jpg
The 3 black flags mark each side of the prepared Ice surface. It actually gives a surface just slightly slicker than a wet runway. RCR 11 compared to wet runway RCR 12. Definitely the "coolest" place I've ever been/landed (pun INTENDED!).:D

jasonwb
08-17-2009, 05:37 PM
Sedona, AZ

...dont have a pic, but if you've been there, you know what i'm talkin' about. they chopped the top of a mountain off to facilitate the runway. went in as the sun was setting.....absoulutely beautiful!

TPROP4ever
08-17-2009, 05:46 PM
KCDK- cedar key florida, closest thing to a carrier, Ive ever landed on, If memory serves me its around 2300 feet, really cool aproach.

Cedar Key Airport - George T Lewis (KCDK) Florida (http://www.floridaairporthomes.com/cedar%20key%20airpark.php)

11Fan
08-17-2009, 06:28 PM
Sedona, AZ

...dont have a pic, but if you've been there, you know what i'm talkin' about. they chopped the top of a mountain off to facilitate the runway. went in as the sun was setting.....absoulutely beautiful!

http://img.groundspeak.com/waymarking/display/f7ffc3fc-80c9-43ce-9baf-8a47f95da693.jpg

Sedona Airport - Sedona, AZ - Airports on Waymarking.com (http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM1T6G)

BoredwLife
08-17-2009, 07:04 PM
http://img.groundspeak.com/waymarking/display/f7ffc3fc-80c9-43ce-9baf-8a47f95da693.jpg

Sedona Airport - Sedona, AZ - Airports on Waymarking.com (http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM1T6G)


Ehh that doesn't do the elevation justice. Let me see if I can dig one of my old approach photos. Wonder if my scanner will work.:rolleyes:

They used to have GREAT breakfast ( saw Dick Van Dike eating there once) but last time I had gone it was horrible, bout 4 years ago.

leondelfierro
08-18-2009, 11:43 AM
My Home Airport, Located in Valparaiso, Chile - South America, ICAO code SCRD... Still challenging during spring and summer due to gust and temperature, relatively short strip for heavily loaded aircrafts... 2500 x 65 ft not a big deal if you look at the numbers, but when you have cliffs and drops at both Runway ends... Mmm.
BE-9, TBM7 and PA31T are operated from here regularly tough.Cheers!



http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/6118/scrd293.jpg (http://img193.imageshack.us/i/scrd293.jpg/)


http://www.airlinepilotforums.com/%5Burl=http://img193.imageshack.us/i/scrd293.jpg/%5D%5Bimg=http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/6118/scrd293.jpg%5D%5B/url%5D

USMCFLYR
08-18-2009, 01:10 PM
Ehh that doesn't do the elevation justice. Let me see if I can dig one of my old approach photos. Wonder if my scanner will work.:rolleyes:

They used to have GREAT breakfast ( saw Dick Van Dike eating there once) but last time I had gone it was horrible, bout 4 years ago.

I've not landed there - but I agree with you BoredwLife - that photo doesn't do the drop off justice. I fly right by it almost everytime I am going into Kirtland AFB/ABQ.

USMCFLYR

11Fan
08-18-2009, 01:56 PM
Wow, tough crowd tonight.

These two give a little more perspective.

http://www.americaairtours.com/images/2009%20Pictures/AZ%20Sedona%20Airport%207.JPG

http://www.azdot.gov/aviation/airports/images/sedona2.jpg

jasonwb
08-18-2009, 04:09 PM
Thanks 11Fan.....those are great shots...

GunnerV
08-19-2009, 06:26 PM
Wake Island.........a welcomed sight after coming off the type of tanker pictured - except there would be 9 feet of hose!:D

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3067/2943989456_4d4b43518d_o.jpg

Heres another one of Wake.
http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k479/GunnerV/Okipics038.jpg

jrutt
08-20-2009, 11:38 AM
Rough day of flying!http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3544/3840008353_6448bab781_b.jpg

hgroberts
08-20-2009, 03:31 PM
http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/6370/img0190niu.jpg
There's me walking down the strip. If you try to go around it'd be a little rocky.... Ha.. Ha... I'm clever with puns.

jungle
08-20-2009, 05:00 PM
Beautiful shots hgroberts and jrutt.:)

Mitragorz
08-20-2009, 05:45 PM
Rough day of flying!http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3544/3840008353_6448bab781_b.jpg


Dude, that is stunning. You don't happen to have a hi-res for a background, do you?

jrutt
08-21-2009, 10:51 AM
sorry i only had my phone camera on me but come on up to ketchikan and ill take ya to the same lake and better, yes ther is better than helicopter lake. if i go back before the winter sets in ill take a better shot but more than likely we will not have the blue skies, it normally rains about 160inches a year. so its mostly cloudy year round. but i will try. i really need to invest in a better camera, but a fishing pole is more essential

MrWalk
08-21-2009, 11:34 AM
My current home base, 8A6 - Wilgrove Airpark, Charlotte's other busy strip.

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/1/9/2/0625291.jpg

Killer51883
08-22-2009, 08:23 AM
This video surfaces every few months but it has all of the neatest airports I have gone into.
YouTube - Island Landings (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D59S8sivLAQ)

just found a video of tortola from the north and i have to put it in here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KTGze-Xzco

Zayghami
08-22-2009, 01:34 PM
Virgin Gorda, BVI
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2506/3845920761_1d2eb01a8c_o.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3442/3845920825_a428e4d074_o.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2637/3845920693_d69541359d_o.jpg

GauleyPilot
08-23-2009, 07:50 AM
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj213/gauleypilot/4I0.jpg

Left Downwind, Runway 24, Mingo County Airport, Williamson, WV Credit to unknown photographer.
It has been a while since Ive been there. Not the hill beside the approach end of the runway. You loose sight of most of the runway on base, and fly through an excavated hillside to land. I wish I had a photo of short final. The terrain is not high in elevation, but it is very steep. The airport is at 1575 MSL, while the town 1NM away is at 653 MSL.

RAHPilot5
08-28-2009, 06:42 AM
I'm surprised no one mentioned Walker's Cay in the Bahamas. MYAW

2500 feet of runway with sharks on either side.:eek: You can thank the Univ. of Miami for having a feeding station to study sharks on Walker's Cay. Gotta find a picture.

Great Cornholio
09-01-2009, 12:08 PM
I'm surprised no one mentioned Walker's Cay in the Bahamas. MYAW

2500 feet of runway with sharks on either side.:eek: You can thank the Univ. of Miami for having a feeding station to study sharks on Walker's Cay. Gotta find a picture.

Thats a fun place. Flew into it once with a single engine commander 112A. Its been almost 10 years but for some reason 2100 to 2300 ft is stuck in my head as the runway length. I think I have some pics in an album somewhere so I'll have to scan them to get them on here. The runway was super rough there. Didn't know about the shark feeding program though.

Two other places I can think of are I16 Kee Field in Pineville, WV.AirNav: I16 - Kee Field Airport (http://www.airnav.com/airport/I16) Runway is decently long...3700 ft I think, but terrian around it is nuts. On downwind abeam "key point" or whatever that point is called when you start down you will lose the runway due to mountains between the downwind leg and the runway. Base turn is made into another valley and then final is down a man made valley (think blasted out mountain like you see on the sides of highways) The upwind leg has terrian raising so fast and so close that there is actaully a red "obstruction" light on the hillside.

The other one I'm thinking of is called Swope Farm. I've never been to it since its PVT, but there was a story about it in the newspaper that my grandma showed me since its in the next town over from her. Found it on Airnav AirNav: WV11 - Swope Farm Airport (http://www.airnav.com/airport/WV11) Its been years since I read they story, but the paper interviewed the owner and he told his story. From what I remember he said that he had a hard time getting the FAA to approve his plan. They kept telling him it was too dangerous. He knew that with the terrian the only way he could get the runway to be "long enough" was to curve it. He had either a Baron or Bonanza and he actually had to send details of his runway to the engineers at Beech to see if it was possible for his Beech to take off and land on this runway. The guys at Beech said it was possible so he built the runway. Said he can only takeoff down hill and land uphill reguardless of the wind. Its too bad my grandma doesn't know this guy cause it would be pretty cool to be able to do a takeoff and landing there.

ryan1234
09-01-2009, 09:29 PM
I'm surprised no one mentioned Walker's Cay in the Bahamas. MYAW

2500 feet of runway with sharks on either side.:eek: You can thank the Univ. of Miami for having a feeding station to study sharks on Walker's Cay. Gotta find a picture.

Last time I was there, there was a Citation parked there.... Kind of scratched my head a little.... maybe it was a permanent resident?

olympic
09-02-2009, 11:42 AM
Probably one of the most difficult approaches and airports to land at in the world...
SAMOS AIRPORT, GREECE.

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/5/3/2/1396235.jpg

wardamneagle
09-04-2009, 12:23 PM
Hazel Green, AL (M38)

2670ft X 40ft With a tree right in the middle of the approach end of 25

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd314/boxbenj/08042813m.jpg

Herb Flemmming
09-09-2009, 08:08 AM
Assedreme, Mali

http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs244.snc1/9117_1152390581688_1585352558_30377067_5031034_n.j pg

chongololo
09-11-2009, 02:27 PM
This video surfaces every few months but it has all of the neatest airports I have gone into.
YouTube - Island Landings (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D59S8sivLAQ)

just found a video of tortola from the north and i have to put it in here
YouTube - Low approach and landing into Tortola airport (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KTGze-Xzco)

I miss the flying I did down there, went into almost all of those airports too.

CaptainCarl
09-14-2009, 09:05 PM
KCDK- cedar key florida, closest thing to a carrier, Ive ever landed on, If memory serves me its around 2300 feet, really cool aproach.

Cedar Key Airport - George T Lewis (KCDK) Florida (http://www.floridaairporthomes.com/cedar%20key%20airpark.php)

TPROP, you sly devil, you beat me to it! :D Cedar Key was a lot of fun to fly into.

http://www.cedarkeyhaven.com/images/airport_from_air.jpg

The skid marks at the end of 23 always cracked me up but reminded me not to get overconfident.

Also, check out East Kansas City Airport (http://www.airnav.com/airport/3GV) That was a fun one at two in the morning in a Seminole.

And finally: Chalet Suzanne. (http://www.airnav.com/airport/X25) Punch that into Google Maps to get a better look.

bryris
09-15-2009, 12:32 PM
What the hell are you guys flying?

I can land a 172 2 or 3 times in 2300 feet.

CDK ain't no thing. Just don't go fully loaded.

Coolest thing about CDK is when you depart at night pointed towards the Gulf, its PITCH BLACK. Better be sharp on instruments until you get turned back towards the land.

CaptainCarl
09-15-2009, 01:04 PM
What the hell are you guys flying?

I can land a 172 2 or 3 times in 2300 feet.

CDK ain't no thing. Just don't go fully loaded.

Coolest thing about CDK is when you depart at night pointed towards the Gulf, its PITCH BLACK. Better be sharp on instruments until you get turned back towards the land.

Hahaha! :D I weigh like three hundred and twenty pounds man. ;)

riddleflyer
09-15-2009, 05:14 PM
http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs029.snc1/4290_551289514628_39704597_32648919_7103202_n.jpg

The runway looks a little shorter from this viewpoint.

http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs029.snc1/4290_551289519618_39704597_32648920_3247940_n.jpg

Took this plane to Cedar Key during spring break this year with three friends and had more than enough runway left. Just be careful at night because the runway lights are not dependable and the threashold lights are(were) inop.

http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs029.snc1/4290_551289529598_39704597_32648922_5291838_n.jpg

WMUPilot
09-16-2009, 11:59 AM
Hey guys... Look up Guatemala City, MGGT. High Altitude, mountains and volcanoes on all sides, a ravine short final for some solid wind sheer, and as if that wasn't enough, a runway that falls away from you as you try to land. Goodtimes!

Also, here's all the Airports designated by Jepp's as "Special Qualification"
http://flightrelease.com/sqa/igallery.asp?d=\us+airports\

aviatorhi
09-17-2009, 10:58 AM
In no particular order...

C207

Tununak, AK 1778x30
Chefornak, AK 2500x28
Kwigilongook, AK 2510x60 (according to publications) 1800x25 (reality)
Akichak, AK 1649x40
Kongiganak, AK 1885x30

B190

Kaktovik, AK 4820x100 (they claim it's gravel, it's actually packed clay)
Nulato, AK 4000x100 (1.8x uphill grade and on the edge of a 100 ft cliff)
Kodiak, AK (it's pretty big, but the runway drives right into a mountain)
Unalaska, AK (fly the NDB approach and enjoy the terror)
St. George, AK (40 knots of crosswind component, good runway though)

NoseUpAttitude
09-20-2009, 09:20 PM
Crazy isn't the right word for it, but this is the coolest airport I've landed on. :)

Video: YouTube - Private Pilot VFR flying into Duluth, Minnesota Sky Harbor KDYT airport music the kinks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VGMVKVlfbA)

http://photos.vwmail.net/d/2585-1/Duluth+KDYT+out+the+window_001.jpg

TPROP4ever
09-20-2009, 10:07 PM
What the hell are you guys flying?

I can land a 172 2 or 3 times in 2300 feet.

CDK ain't no thing. Just don't go fully loaded.

Coolest thing about CDK is when you depart at night pointed towards the Gulf, its PITCH BLACK. Better be sharp on instruments until you get turned back towards the land.

Hey if you peg your airspeed you wont bounce that many times....LMAO;)
Its not that CDK is hard, but the thread is about crazy airports, and the whole Idea of landing on a carrier, while calling unicom who it turns out is really the mayor, sitting in his taxi talking to you...come on it is definatly not your run of the mill experiance...:D By the way a buddy went in one time in a tri gear Maule( they do make them) and was told he couldnt land because real Maules have tailwheels....lol

USMCFLYR
09-21-2009, 07:02 AM
Since I thought we agreed to only use land based airfields way back at the beginning of the thread :) I'll submit the following:

AirNav: KNJM - Bogue Field Marine Corps Auxiliary Field (http://www.airnav.com/airport/KNJM)

It is the closest thing to a carrier on land that I have found.
Nearly 4,000 x 96' of AM-2 steel planking requiring the use of short field arresting gear to land naval tactical aircraft (other than the AV-8B). Taking off out of Bogue Field loaded with weapons on a humid and hot NC day in the summer can be quite challenging too!

USMCFLYR

bryris
09-23-2009, 05:42 PM
Hey if you peg your airspeed you wont bounce that many times....LMAO;)
Its not that CDK is hard, but the thread is about crazy airports, and the whole Idea of landing on a carrier, while calling unicom who it turns out is really the mayor, sitting in his taxi talking to you...come on it is definatly not your run of the mill experiance...:D By the way a buddy went in one time in a tri gear Maule( they do make them) and was told he couldnt land because real Maules have tailwheels....lol

Is Judy still driving the Checker?

TPROP4ever
09-23-2009, 07:07 PM
Is Judy still driving the Checker?

Honestly 2005 or 6 was the last time I went in there, but I would assume so....As soon as I can scrape the money to get current again I think I'm going to head out there for a day..

jrutt
09-27-2009, 10:30 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3531/3959785134_0840cfb2ac_o.jpg

Saint
12-08-2009, 05:58 AM
Southern Seaplane, outside of New Orleans, LA

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a176/Sinnerman49/SoutherSeaplane002.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a176/Sinnerman49/SoutherSeaplane009.jpg

BushwickBill
12-10-2009, 09:24 AM
But this is a great place (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkNGEAVOfOs) to fly into.

NO possibility of a go around....

r1830
12-30-2009, 06:24 PM
Kodiak, Alaska PADQ Approach to Runway 25
http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2682925160089304439SPqoIs?vhost=rides

Valdez, Alaska PAVD Approach to Runway 6
http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2812263470089304439mHhcIP?vhost=rides

Both have unique challenges and can be very exciting when the wind starts blowing.....

MrWalk
12-30-2009, 06:56 PM
kind of a duplicate post. <nevermind>

Twin Wasp
12-30-2009, 07:18 PM
San Nicolas Island. I could post a picture but then, well you know.

By the way, it's not Jepp that designates airports Special Qualification, it's the FAA.

jiminmem
12-31-2009, 06:12 AM
Virgin Gorda brings back memories. Another fun one down there is St. Barts, interesting at times.

Tiny airstrip causes scooterists to duck, me to avoid flying|ArsGeek (http://www.arsgeek.com/2008/02/04/tiny-airstrip-causes-scooterists-to-duck-me-to-avoid-flying/)

I remember having to confirm if the road was clear before landing there.

mosteam3985
01-04-2010, 06:59 AM
Virgin Gorda brings back memories. Another fun one down there is St. Barts, interesting at times.

Tiny airstrip causes scooterists to duck, me to avoid flying|ArsGeek (http://www.arsgeek.com/2008/02/04/tiny-airstrip-causes-scooterists-to-duck-me-to-avoid-flying/)

I remember having to confirm if the road was clear before landing there.


That is nuts

mmaviator
01-07-2010, 08:12 AM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4051/4253709581_79b4d95eb8_o.jpg


^^^FRONT VIEW^^^

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4047/4254486026_121be142ea_o.jpg

^^^BACK VIEW^^^

mmaviator
01-07-2010, 08:17 AM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4254496760_929df45a17_o.jpg




Same airport as previous pic.

wjl408
02-03-2010, 08:26 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3205/3066670379_613fb2d332_o.jpg

That is Swan Island, also known as Isla del Cisne. Nothing but coral, iguanas and a few cows that the locals keep.

And to go along with jungle's Villavincencio (which I've been to many times) I give you San Jose del Guavier, Colombia.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3065/3066670361_251e997611_o.jpg
Swan Island, beautiful place landed there several times in the 80's. Used to be a CIA operation where the Bay of Pigs invasion was staged from disguised as a hurricane tracking station. Turned over the Honduras in the early 80's and the Honduran army pretty much stripped the island of anything of value.

Ftrooppilot
02-03-2010, 09:03 PM
Hard but VERY short. Perpetual crosswind (tradewinds) from right. Fun at night in rainshowers (no navaids).

http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh403/Ftrooppilot/img531.jpg

zondaracer
02-21-2010, 09:50 PM
YouTube - Crazy Saba Landing (cockpit view). (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RU_fk6zNmc) Saba Caribbean, I haven't been here but I know a guy who said his mom was freaking out

bennySODC6
02-21-2010, 10:03 PM
What is the make/model of aircraft that you are leaning against?

pilot141
02-21-2010, 11:34 PM
What is the make/model of aircraft that you are leaning against?

If you are referring to my picture which was quoted above, that is a US Air Force C-27A Spartan. Also seen around the world as an Alenia G-222.

We had 10 airplanes based at Howard AFB, Panama. A very good short-field airplane - MTOGW of 57,878 lbs on a 1500 foot unimproved strip.

I think the Army might be trying to bring them back as a -J model with fancy new 6-bladed props.

bennySODC6
02-22-2010, 10:14 PM
--Cool airplane -- just looked it up.

Giggity
02-23-2010, 07:41 AM
If you are referring to my picture which was quoted above, that is a US Air Force C-27A Spartan. Also seen around the world as an Alenia G-222.

We had 10 airplanes based at Howard AFB, Panama. A very good short-field airplane - MTOGW of 57,878 lbs on a 1500 foot unimproved strip.

I think the Army might be trying to bring them back as a -J model with fancy new 6-bladed props.

Yeah, they are bringing them back. I think the Connecticut air guard is getting them. Looks like a fun airplane, I bet you have some "really boring" stories from Panama. :)

USMCFLYR
02-23-2010, 08:06 AM
--Cool airplane -- just looked it up.

In case you didn't look at this site - enjoy.
Video Gallery | C27J (http://www.c27j.com/videogallery)
It has some really good videos.
Pilot141 - I'm sure this is the new and improved cockpit (video), but I'm sure it probably makes you roll your eyes and remember your office of old ;)

USMCLFYR

III Corps
02-23-2010, 12:15 PM
If you are referring to my picture which was quoted above, that is a US Air Force C-27A Spartan. Also seen around the world as an Alenia G-222. .

The G.222 has a very interesting history during development. Alenia offered varied concepts including putting jet engines aft the turboprops. It went from RR Darts to T64s and to skirt a US ban they hung RR Tynes on it to sell to Kadaffy (sp?) in Libya. And at one time, Alenia offered to add up to six RR puffer jet engines for VTOL capabilities. That never got beyond paper.

The C-27 came about after Reagan and the USAF realized they had nothing beneath the C-130. That omission came about from Grenada. So, the USAF wrote a proposal that basically omitted everything except the G222. (the DeHavilland Buffalo being the only other real contender)

The USAF then aligned with Chrysler and outfitted the birds down in Waco Tx where I got to fly one. Interesting about the limitation for taxiing in strong crosswinds. Also interesting was all the secure comm equipment on board. Reportedly some of the old A's now belong to the State Dept for..um.. 'special missions'.

The new proposal, the J, will use the same engines as on the C-130J.

pilot141
02-23-2010, 04:35 PM
Yeah CTAS in Waco was where I did my training on the C-27. No sim, no FTD, just a wooden Indian and then get in the airplane.

We actually used a lot of that secure comm stuff (SATCOM was a lifesaver!)

I know a few guys who flew the -As in their "second life". Didn't seem like too bad of lifestyle - two weeks on, two weeks off and interesting flying to boot.

And those fancy new glass cockpits - pshaw! We didn't need no stinking glass! :)

III Corps
02-23-2010, 04:54 PM
Yeah CTAS in Waco was where I did my training on the C-27. No sim, no FTD, just a wooden Indian and then get in the airplane.

At that time, the USAF was banking pilots and if you wanted an assignment right out of UPT, the Spartan was one that was open. Two of the guys training were in top of class and coming from the -38 to the -27 was some change.

We actually used a lot of that secure comm stuff (SATCOM was a lifesaver!)

I can imagine. Everyone looked both ways before saying anything about the mission. Panama to start and then.. well, just some recently created short dirt strip.

I remember too.. there was the world's largest cockpit clock on the yoke. I thought, "One hard short field landing and you're gonna be tatooed for the rest of your life with that moment."

We did a full profile (stalls, turns, and landings) and the instructor did a full stop short field landing.. not hard but we used up very little concrete. VERY impressive.

pilot141
02-23-2010, 05:16 PM
Ahhhh - that stupid clock. I thought digital clocks were supposed to be small, but that thing could house the inner workings of a grandfather clock! Add in the digital DME counter that couldn't be dimmed (they fixed it eventually) and at night it was like you were being assaulted by glowing digital numbers.

crewdawg
02-23-2010, 07:55 PM
Hard but VERY short. Perpetual crosswind (tradewinds) from right. Fun at night in rainshowers (no navaids).

http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh403/Ftrooppilot/img531.jpg

Where is this?

Ftrooppilot
02-23-2010, 08:35 PM
Where is this?

Meck Island about nineteen miles north of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. (was part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific when the I took the photo.) Landed C-7s there before they converted it to a helipad.

http://www.satellite-sightseer.com/id/12132/Marshall_Islands//Kwajalein_Atoll/Meck_Island_ABM_test_site_

kckatz
04-02-2014, 11:41 AM
http://hawaii.gov/hawaiiaviation/aviation-photos/1990-1999/molokai-airports/kalaupapa-airport/1992-11%20Kalaupapa003.jpg/image

Kalaupapa Airport on the North side of Molokai, HI. Only link to the community of Kalaupapa that used to be home to a leper colony. Lots of low approaches/roll-ons in the UH-60L during my rotary wing days.

Kalaupapa, Hawaii - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Overall Top 5:

1. Hot Springs, VA
2. Kalaupapa, HI
3. Baghdad International, IQ
4. Kandahar AB, AF
5. Marathon, FL

Airhoss
04-02-2014, 03:03 PM
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/GTAllyn/Scan_Pic0011.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/GTAllyn/media/Scan_Pic0011.jpg.html)

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y187/GTAllyn/Scan_Pic0008.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/GTAllyn/media/Scan_Pic0008.jpg.html)

Polar sea ice Approximately 200 miles North of the Deadhorse AK.

Tom a Hawk
04-02-2014, 06:11 PM
Sycamore Strip, 9F9, Ft Worth Texas. Apartment fence was way too close for comfort.

Sycamore Strip Airport (9F9) Photo (http://www.airport-data.com/airport/photo/010900.html)

Skyhawk92
04-03-2014, 04:42 PM
Not as "hairy" as some of the others, but Cedar Key, FL (KCDK)

http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1327/1348158700_f197ffc6c7_o.jpg

Ftrooppilot
04-03-2014, 07:11 PM
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh403/Ftrooppilot/img484_zpsf4aa7cd6.jpg (http://s546.photobucket.com/user/Ftrooppilot/media/img484_zpsf4aa7cd6.jpg.html)

Landed a C-7a there in 1982 or 1983. Nose wheel dug in during the turn at the end of the runway and we had to dig it out. Picture is "parked on the runway."

Likiep Atoll - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Likiep_Atoll)

PiperPower
04-10-2014, 12:37 AM
Dutch Harbor/Unalaska, AK
http://usresponserestoration.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/dutch-harbor-ak-runway-doug-helton-noaa.jpg

HeadInTheTops
04-16-2014, 08:11 AM
http://www.telluridecohomes.com/nl_images/airport.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_sxJ9Z-umdAo/S8vjZOBZs1I/AAAAAAAAAF0/Q97FhVb_t-g/s1600/approach_to_telluride_jpg.jpg

In the 1900, GPWS squawking through most of the approach, passengers universally applauding on touchdown, and offering clammy 'thank you' handshakes on deplaning! :D

9078' MSL (when I was there) on a 1,000 foot high mesa, with 1.9% upslope on each end of the runway.

Spike from flyi
04-19-2014, 10:59 AM
Tegucigalpa, Honduras (YouTube it)

Machala, Ecuador

Yoda2
04-19-2014, 09:37 PM
Nanwalek, AK (KEB) or Hite, UT (UT03)

Yoda2
04-19-2014, 10:52 PM
Sorry, was tired and didn't notice it was photos and videos... Anyway never took any Pics of myself operating from these strips, too busy flying... And thanks for the help with posting youtube... Nanwalek and Hite are interesting, though not too bad; can be high PF under certain conditions like heavy or with strong x winds... Think I screwed it up...

youtubehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58deRkjc5iE/youtube

youtubehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30sJJjwyRuw/youtube

evamodel00
04-21-2014, 07:44 AM
I've been to what I think are really fun airports. I tried to make each solo-cross country I had for ppl training a different and unique airport.

I tried to cover mountain/sea/fun night-time one.

The pics below are of my most recent trip with some friends from work to KLKP. The runway was pretty unique. Extremely narrow and the first 1/3 is marked off because of the terrain on the approach side. Had to go around the first time, got my heart pumping. But wow what a view of the adirondacks and White-Face mountain. Was worth the trip!! Needless to say, my dad is addicted to these trips now.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/IceArcher55/20140406_174914_zps1dc619b3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/IceArcher55/20140406_173914_zps7b9d1c72.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/IceArcher55/20140406_174131_zpsfec8b4e6.jpg

Unfortunately I didn't get to get a good picture but KRME was another one of favorites. That runway is gigantic, and with lights on high at night, it was crazy.

KHVN new haven CT was another fun one. Got to take off right over the long island sound.


I will be heading to KMVY Marthas Vineyard MA in 2 weeks and am extremely excited to check out the ocean there!