Runways


#1

What airport has the longest commercial or military runway(In the US or abroad)? I had heard that Easter Island’s rnways is pretty long, but I dont know.


#2

I hate to keep being the bad guy here, but what part of “Off Topic” don’t you understand?

I realize you’re like 12 or something, but you certainly appear from most of your posts to be intelligent enough to understand that a post such as this belongs in the “Airline” forum.

This Forum is reserved for a general discussion of FA, not for whatever you feel like typing out.

Regards,

James


#3

I would post this in the Aviation News section and, while at it, request a “Miscellaneous” category to cover such topics as this.

I know the answer and will post it when the topic is in the correct category.


#4

I believe the longest in the US is at KDEN16R/34L is 16,000x200ft.


#5

Technically, wouldn’t it be Rogers Dry Lake @ Edwards AFB??


#6

Guess it depends on your definition of runway (though Edwards works for me)

from: This site
Rogers has a surface of about 44 square miles and is the lakebed next to which the main Edwards complex has been developed. There are seven “drawn on” runways crisscrossing the surface of Rogers, with the longest 17/ 35 extending 7 1/2 miles.

From Wikipedia
Some of the longest runways include:

* Qamdo Bamda Airport (昌都邦達機場), Tibet, China (3033′N 9706′E) - 18,045 ft (5500 m) concrete, of which 13,779 ft (4200 m) currently meets 4D standard. Bamda's runway is also the highest in world, with altitude at 14,219 ft (4334 m). [1] [2]
* Shigatse Peace Airport (日喀則和平機場), Tibet, China (2921′N 8919′E) - 16,404 ft (5000 m) concrete, not in use, renovation starts in 2007 with projected completion in 2009. [3]
* Embraer Gaviao Peixoto, Brazil (2146′S 4824′W) - 16,295 ft (4967 m) asphalt [4]
* Upington, South Africa (2824′S 2116′E) - 16,076 ft (4900 m) asphalt [5]
* Denver International Airport, Colorado, USA (3952′N 10440′W) - 16,000 ft (4877 m) concrete [6]
* Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA (3454′N 11753′W) - 15,013 ft (4576 m) concrete [7] The famous dry lake bed "runways" are of considerable length (the longest is 39,000 feet by 900 feet), but have little improvement other than markings and are not comparable to other runways in this category. As a military installation, the runways are not normally available for use by air carrier or civilian aircraft.
* Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA (3444′N 12035′W) - 15,000 ft (4572 m) concrete [8] As a military installation, the runway is not normally available for use by air carrier or civilian aircraft.
* Kennedy Space Center, Shuttle Landing Field, Florida, USA (2837′N 8041′W) - 15,000 ft (4572 m) concrete [9] As a military installation, the runway is not normally available for use by air carrier or civilian aircraft.
* Kennedy International Airport, New York, New York, USA (4038′N 7347′W) - 14,572 ft (4441 m) concrete [10]
* Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, USA (6440′N 1476′W) - 14,500 ft (4420 m) concrete [11] As a military installation, the runway is not normally available for use by air carrier or civilian aircraft.
* Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, Texas, USA (3513′N 10142′W) - 13,502 ft (4115 m) concrete [12]
* Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, Colorado, USA - 13,500 ft concrete [13]
* O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA (4159′N 8754′W) - 13,000 ft (4023 m) concrete [14]

Easter Island does not make the list, rolling in at 9524 Ft. I understand NASA paid for an extension so it could be used as an alternate shuttle landing site.


#7

One of the Groom Lake runways looks like it was nearly 25,000 feet at one point, but parts of it are X’ed out now, so I don’t think the whole thing is active anymore.


#8

But couldn’t you consider, at several thousand miles, the Pacific ocean to be the longest runway? Granted, it would only be good for floatplanes and, at times, somewhat bumpy, but, still…


#9

I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t want to land on the open ocean in a float plane. :wink:


#10

But isn’t it nice to know that it’s there?


#11

If I’m a floatplane in the middle of the Pacific for some reason, sure. The adventure begins once you land, though.


#12

Some of the longest runways I have ever landed or taken off from are in South America. La Paz, Cuzco, and, Bogota. The altitude of those runways is over 6600 feet requiring a longer take-off roll.


#13

Ther unway at La Paz is 13,123 feet. The altitude is 13,313, making it the highest commercially served airport in the world. Special training is required to fly into the airport.

Can somebody confirm the official name? Is it El Alto or JFK (El Alto)? I’ve seen both.


#14

My longest landing and touch and go was on 13,500x200 at Grant County, Washington (MWH) Elev. 1185’


#15

Way back when,as a student pilot in 1952 we used to do 3 touch and goes (in a J3)at the military emergency strip in Marathon, Fl. without ever making a turn! I think at the time it was over 12,000ft. :smiley:


#16

Until recently, I also believe (I may be wrong, it was proclaimed that at the old FBO) that 2v1 had the longest NON-TOWERED GA runway in the U.S. it USED to be over 9000’. But, with the recent makeover it got cut down to just over 8000’.


#17

Couldn’t a J-3 Cub do 20+ ???