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Old June 23rd, 2007, 06:11 PM   #1
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Military Airports on Motorways

Are there any in your country?
We have two in Czechia, they were both built during Cold war era as Warsaw pact stanby airports.
Main feature of these sections is lack of stationary crash barriers and concrete surface between verges without unpaved median strip.

Airport Měřín on D1 Motorway built in 1976, 49°22'56.95"N 15°56'3.49"E

widened bridge on runway
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Airport on R46 Expressway near Vyškov built in 1989, 49°18'0.42"N 17°1'37.67"E
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I'm looking forward to see pics of another airports of this kind in different countries.
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 06:24 PM   #2
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Complete airports on motorways? Well i have seen some landing strips, but damn, a whole airport...
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 06:39 PM   #3
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Well, for example Swedish Gripen is constructed to be able to land at normal bitumen road running through forest.
These military airports on Motorways are able to accommmodate heavy supersonic bombers, on that Měřín airport on D1 Motorway were several drills during 80's that lasted several weeks.

edit, bit OT: few pics of Czechoslovak training Aero L-39 airplane drill on R10 Expressway (Prague-Liberec)...
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...D1 Motorway near Brno in 1973 (after landing towed to exhibition in Brno)

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Old June 24th, 2007, 12:15 AM   #4
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There are 21 highway strips ( polish name: DOL Drogowy Odcinek Lotniskowy ) in Poland. Only one ( DOL Kliniska ) is occasionally used. Here is a good compilation of all DOLs in Poland with satellite maps of them:

List of highway strips in Poland
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Old June 25th, 2007, 03:49 PM   #5
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There is 1 highway strip in Estonia.
(The on one the right.)

(Sorry, big picture)
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Old June 25th, 2007, 04:51 PM   #6
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There used to be hundreds in sweden but nowday all of them are decommissioned (with a few exceptions). The basic concept during the cold war was to spread out the air bases over a large area so they would be harder to take out. Most had a main runway and a couple or 3-4 sidestrips spread out over the aproximate road network.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 05:02 PM   #7
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bulgaria has some runways where the middledividers aren´t there, in Plovdiv is some.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 01:45 AM   #8
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Those are quite cool...
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Old December 21st, 2008, 10:52 AM   #9
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There used to be hundreds in sweden but nowday all of them are decommissioned (with a few exceptions). The basic concept during the cold war was to spread out the air bases over a large area so they would be harder to take out. Most had a main runway and a couple or 3-4 sidestrips spread out over the aproximate road network.
There was near Malmo, sort of east-southeast.

Any map that shows which roads were specially prepared for such in Sweden?
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Old December 21st, 2008, 11:24 AM   #10
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There is a gravel runway for small planes that get problem in the air on the Dalton Highway
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Old December 21st, 2008, 12:38 PM   #11
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There are tons all over Sweden -- it's really easy to tell, suddenly small roads get really wide and are straight for quite a long distance. Not often on motorways though, that would be kind of silly given that they often have much more traffic.
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Old December 21st, 2008, 04:16 PM   #12
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Landingstrips on the German Autobahn:

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Autobahn-Behelfslandeplätze
  • A 1 zwischen Ladbergen und Lengerich (Länge: 2100 m) 52° 10' 28" N, 7° 46' 11" O, im Oktober 2006 beseitigt
  • A 1 zwischen Vechta und Lohne/Dinklage (Länge: 3000 m) 52° 42' 43" N, 8° 10' 22" O (zurückgebaut)
  • A 1 zwischen Lohne-Dinklage und Holdorf (zurückgebaut)52° 37' 39" N, 8° 8' 25" O
  • A 1 zwischen Greven und Münster Nord (Länge: 2100 m) 52° 3' 47" N, 7° 37' 26" O
  • A 1 zwischen Delmenhorst-Süd und Wildeshausen-Nord (zurückgebaut)
  • A 6 zwischen Kirchardt und Sinsheim-Steinsfurt (westl. Heilbronn) 49° 13' 19" N, 8° 58' 25" O
  • A 6 zwischen Kirchberg und Crailsheim (Länge: 2400 m) 49° 10' 31" N, 9° 58' 48" O
  • A 7 zwischen Tarp und Schleswig/Schuby (Länge: 2400 m) 54° 37' 27" N, 9° 26' 29" O
  • A 7 zwischen Schleswig/Jagel und Owschlag (Länge: 2000 m) 54° 26' 16" N, 9° 35' 32" O
  • A 9 zwischen Dessau-Süd und Zörbig (Länge: 5000 m) zurückgebaut (in den 1950er Jahren als Rennstrecke benutzt)
  • A 10 zwischen Dreieck Havelland und Falkensee 52° 40' 34" N, 13° 0' 25" O
  • A 12 zwischen Storkow und Friedersdorf 52° 18' 42" N, 13° 50' 58" O
  • A 13 zwischen Ruhland und Ortrand 51° 25' 57" N, 13° 49' 28" O (zwischen 2000 und 2005 zurückgebaut)
  • A 14 zwischen Döbeln und Grimma bei Strocken (zurückgebaut)
  • A 15 zwischen Forst und Bademeusel (Länge: 2300 m)
  • A 19 zwischen Kessin und Kreuz Rostock (Länge: 2500 m) 54° 2' 12" N, 12° 11' 56" O (2001 durch das Kreuz Rostock teilweise überbaut)
  • A 24 zwischen Neuruppin und Herzsprung (Länge: 3000 m) 53° 0' 3" N, 12° 35' 57" O
  • A 27 zwischen Nordholz und Neuenwalde (Länge: 2500 m) 53° 43' 6" N, 8° 39' 47" O
  • A 27 zwischen Uthlede und Hagen 53° 21' 3" N, 8° 35' 44" O (2005 zurückgebaut)
  • A 29 zwischen Großenkneten und Ahlhorn (Länge: 2600 m) 52° 55' 22" N, 8° 10' 13" O (im Oktober/November 2006 zurückgebaut)
  • A 43 zwischen Nottuln und Dülmen Nord (Länge: 2500 m) 51° 52' 33" N, 7° 20' 14" O (zurückgebaut)
  • A 44 zwischen Büren und Geseke (Länge: 3200 m) 51° 35' 50" N, 8° 33' 6" O
  • A 57 zwischen Alpen und Sonsbeck (Länge: 3500 m) 51° 34' 30" N, 6° 25' 39" O
  • A 61 zwischen Meckenheim und Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler (Länge: 1900 m) 50° 35' 7" N, 7° 3' 3" O (war für den Regierungsbunker vorgesehen)
  • A 61 zwischen Bad Kreuznach und Gau-Bickelheim (Länge: 1800 m) 49° 52' 39" N, 7° 57' 14" O
  • A 81 zwischen Osterburken und Möckmühl (nördl. Heilbronn, Länge: 3000 m) 49° 22' 7" N, 9° 26' 19" O
  • A 81 zwischen Oberndorf und Rottweil (Länge: 3000 m) 48° 15' 14" N, 8° 38' 35" O

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Old December 21st, 2008, 09:17 PM   #13
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There were two such cases in Greece as far as I know.

The first one was a long straight section on National Road 1 (now part of A1 / E75) next to Tanagra military airfield (about 50km north from Athens) that would be used if the airfield strip was destroyed. Nevertheless now, the motorway is wide and straight and could be used just in case...

The other one is a useless for any communication purpose, straight and wide service road that ran in parallel with National Road 1 near Litochoro, which was in fact wider than the original National Road 1 (again replaced by A1 / E75). There is a big military base there and the road would serve transport aircraft if needed. This road still exists, but again the motorway might be used as well.
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Old December 21st, 2008, 09:31 PM   #14
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I cant find any on GM,though I've ready an essay about it in hungarian. But we're full of airports:

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Old December 21st, 2008, 11:28 PM   #15
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AFAIK there is one such stretch in Slovakia. It's on motorway D1 between Piešťany and Nové Mesto nad Váhom: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=4...77248&t=h&z=14



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Old December 22nd, 2008, 12:05 AM   #16
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I wonder if we have those landing strips in the Netherlands. I've never seen them (or I just didn't pay attention)
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Old December 28th, 2008, 03:01 PM   #17
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We have maybe 4 Parts in Switzerland.

But they don`t be used anymore.

The newest is in Payerne. About 3,2km. Build about 1995 I think.

Here some Pics:


HQ+ GPS Position: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/13994941


HQ+ GPS Position: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/13994950


HQ+ GPS Position: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/13994961


HQ+ GPS Position: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/13994956

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Then there was one more in Oensingen. But they cant land there anymore because of the "middle lane" they build new.


HQ+ GPS Position: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/13668903
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Old December 28th, 2008, 11:39 PM   #18
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there is such part on A6 motorway near Rijeka, Croatia. median crash barriers can be quickly removed and motorway than serves as military runway. it was built during cold war as reserve airfield for jetfighters. it is also connected to real small sport -airport runway just next to the motorway

http://maps.google.com/maps?t=h&hl=e...,0.006909&z=17

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Old December 29th, 2008, 06:08 AM   #19
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Singapore regularly carry out exercises where military aircraft lands on public roads. Found a clip on one such exercise that was held last month.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnkNaF45BK0&fmt=22
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Old December 29th, 2008, 07:36 AM   #20
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The only one I could think of is in Singapore - it's near Changi isn't it?

I didn't realise there would be so many around the world. I'm not surprised that there's a lot in the old Eastern Bloc countries and Germany.
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