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Can Anyone Guess This Airport?  
User currently offlineUS521 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1858 times:

This airport is in the top 50 in the world for PAX but it is in the top 20 for Traffic. It's located in the Northern Hemisphere. It is home to one of the largest 15 airlines with the World's 2 largest airlines visiting it daily. It is also a key destination to 2, new startup airlines. The USAF has a very small presence here. 737's and A320/329's are some of the most common visitors here with some more odd ones being an occaisonal FedEx Dc-10 or UPS 747. Kitty Hawk has a Dc-6 based here. FedEx also operates 6 Cessna Grand Caravans here. This airport has a almost new terminal with lots of room and space. It has 4 (8) runways and is capable of haveing the Space Shuttle do a emergancy landung here on one of its runways. It has a arrestor wire system installed on one of its "L" runways. Can you guess what airport im talking about???
US521

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User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1764 times:

My guess would be an airport in Germany, maybe FRA. But thats just a guess

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1730 times:

The shuttle thing is BS, no commercial airport has a runway and guidance system capable of landing a shuttle-it needs 15,000 feet of runway to land, and it uses a special guidance system to land. No civil airport in the world that I know of has a 15,000 ft. runway. The two longest that I know of are JFK and Madrid-Barajas, both around 14,500 ft. The USAF indirectly is involved with Barajas, they are based next door at Torrejon AB. You must have a bad source there.

Greg

P.S. I'm real curious to see the answer



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User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1723 times:

How about Jack Garland Airport?

User currently offline220389 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1718 times:

I think that you are talking about Lester B Pearson International Airport (CYYZ) in Toronto.

User currently offlineSn330 From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 16 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1703 times:

Actually, DFW is one of the approved alternate Space Shuttle landing sites. A runway is not necessary; look at Edwards, it uses a dried lake bed.

User currently offlineAdam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

Honolulu's Reef runway can handle shuttle landings.

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1661 times:

USAF, sure about the shuttle thing? FWA has a 12,000' runway and it is commonly told by the airport authority that this runway is capable of accommodating a shuttle landing. As for the guidance thing, maybe he is talking strickly from a runway length point of view, however, I suspect in an emergency situation, any real long runway would do. I honestly don't have stats, just telling you what is reported by our airport.


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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24914 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1653 times:

Anchorage?


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User currently offlineAdvancedkid From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1645 times:

I bet you mean Toronto's Lseter B. Pearson airport.
Advancedkid


User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6713 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1640 times:

I'm going to cheat by looking at the original poster's username and say Pittsburgh (PIT).  

YYZ doesn't have the low-fare carriers he mentioned.


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24914 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1618 times:

Ok, i change from Anchorage to Newark.


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User currently offlineNoise From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1768 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1607 times:

Is it Toronto??? AC has a major hub there, with American (the 2nd largest airline) flying there daily. The 2 new start-up airlines there is CanJet and RootsAir. Can YYZ's runways handle a shuttle landing?

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1602 times:

The runway the shuttle lands on is 15000 ft. long typically. This may be to ensure that a shuttle will not be lost because of an overshoot. On a normal landing, the touchdown point is 3000 feet from the approach end, at a speed of between 210-225 mph. That probably requires a long runway. Also, the shuttle uses a special guidance system for landing, which requires special equipment. At all the alternates below, NASA would supply the equipment

About the Edwards thing-it lands on the lakebed, but not anywhere- there is a runway there made out of lake bed material It is Runway 04.

DFW wouldn't make sense because White Sands Missile Range, the second alternate site for landing, is sort of close (couple hundred miles) in New Mexico. Also the sonic booms it would cause as it would reenter would cause complaints. I know you all are going to jump at me and say "What about LA and Edwards" I think Edwards was the wrong spot to put a west coast landing facility. It makes three times more sense to have it at Vandenberg AFB in Lompoc, CA, which is the other rocket launch site. It is further away from LA, and a landing there wouldn't invlove All three main sites have runway lengths of 15,000 ft. or greater

All the alternate sites I know of are in Western Europe and North or West Africa.

I just found a list of all the approved sites and Honolulu is on them, I apologize, however, as I suspected, DFW is NOT on the list. US locations for landing are:

Westover AFB, MA
Otis ANGB, MA
Dover AFB, DE
Dyess AFB, TX
Edwards AFB, CA
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Andersen AFB, Guam
Grissom AFB, Indiana
Mountain Home AFB, ID
Honolulu, HI
Kennedy Space Center, FL
Orlando, FL
Lincoln, MA
Grant Country, WA
Myrtle Beach, SC
Cherry Point MCAS, NC
White Sands Missile Range, NM
Oceana NAS, Virginia
Ellsworth AFB, SD

Numerous others scattered around the four corners of the globe. Based on the list I see, I think MCO is the best possible answer to the original question.

I will be gone this weekend with no access to a computer, so if someone could e-mail me the answer at USAFHummer@aol.com, I would appreciate it.

Greg



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User currently offlineSuperdawg From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 347 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

Well if it's in the top 20 for traffic then according to Airports council it must be
one of the following:

Atlanta
Chicago O'Hare
Dallas
Los Angeles
Phoenix
Detroit (DTW)
Las Vegas
Oakland
Miami
Minneapolis
St. Louis
Long Beach
Boston
Denver
Philedelphia
Cinncinati
Paris (CDG)
Santa Ana
Washington (IAD)
Houston (IAH)

here's the link http://www.airports.org/traffic/movements.html

S'Dawg


User currently offline777boy From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1579 times:

OAK??? It is home to Southwest. UA and AA visit daily. I know that the Concorde has been here, so I guess that in an emergency, the Space Shuttle might be able to land. Only know one start-up, though--Jet Blue.

The problem is that we always get Fedex DC-10s and MD-11s since it is Fedex's west coast hub. UPS 747s also come occasionally.

It doesn't fit perfectly, but my guess is OAK, Oakland International Airport.


User currently offlineFlaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1261 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1571 times:

Im going to second PIT.

User currently offlineKALB From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 573 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1563 times:

Ididn't cheat, and I guessed PIT before reading the cheater's reply. PIT has three parallel runways (10-28), a fourth (14-32). Its major carrier USAirways operates 737s and A319/320s. Both UA and AA have flights to and from PIT. The PA Air National Guard operates KC-135s out of PIT. Toronto doesn't make sense because there is no USAF presence that I am aware of.

User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6713 posts, RR: 32
Reply 18, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1549 times:

Lincoln, MA?

I assume that means Hanscom Field (BED) - but there's no runway there long enough to land a space shuttle.


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