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Stephenville, Nfld - Why A 10000ft Runway?  
User currently offlineBodobodo From Canada, joined May 2000, 553 posts, RR: 12
Posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3128 times:

I heard about a story last week in which an Air Canada 767 had to divert to Stephenville, Newfoundland during a CDG-YYZ flight. I checked my Canadian aviation handbook and it shows that Stephenville (YJT) has a 10000 ft x 200 ft runway. Does anyone know why such a major runway was built there (obviously Air Canada is thankful that they did)? I understand the reasons for Gander and St. John's but why Stephenville?

Cheers,
Felix

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User currently offlineBoeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2278 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

Military needs?


Free-thinking, left-leaning secularist
User currently offlineExnonrev From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 621 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3022 times:

Stephenville is a former USAF base which closed in the mid-'60s. It has been run by Transport Canada since then.

User currently offlineBodobodo From Canada, joined May 2000, 553 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3012 times:

Thanks for the answer.

Cheers,
Felix


User currently offlineAC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 803 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2943 times:

Hey,
This may come as a surprise to most, but Stephenville as well as Gander and St. John's are all alternate landing sites for the Space Shuttle should it have to abort its ascent into space if over eastern North America or the eastern atlantic.
Reps from NASA were at the three airports last year sizing up the runways and they found that all these places would be suitable for landing if the need ever arose.
This is something that I thought you might find interesting.
I can understand YSJ and YQX because they have long runways, but here at YYT, our longest runway is 8500ft.
Not that I would ever want anything to happen to endanger the crew or shuttle, but it would be really awesome if it ever had to abort and land here in Newfoundland.

AC_B777



In life, some days you are the bug..... some days you are the windshield!
User currently offlineRyeFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1391 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2924 times:

Speaking of long runways. Why does GSO have a 10,001ft runway? The only widebodies that have ever flown there are for overhauls at Timco. But that wasn't started until well after the runway was built.

User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4183 posts, RR: 37
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2921 times:

Where else do you think Santa stops for refueling? That sled weighs more than a 747 on Christmas eve.


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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2918 times:

Greensboro actually gets quite a few jumbos. The TIMCO flights, FedEx A300s/310s, and Tradewinds A300s and L1011s. In a few years, FedEx will have a hub there.

Every once in a while I come along an airport with a runway that just seems totally out of the ordinary. One such example would be Salina, KS (SLN). They have a 13,337ft runway. I'd assume it has to do with the military.


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7929 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2886 times:

I believe until the arrival of the jumbo jets with their 10,000+ foot runway needs, most major airports didn't have that long of a runway--they were usually 7,000 to 8,000 feet long.

I think HNL back in the 1960's had a very long runway for its time because it shared runways with Hickam AFB.


User currently offlineAC330 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2883 times:

I was wondering why AC_B777 mentioned YSJ as though it has a long runway??? We only have 2 runways here in Saint John, the longest being 7000 ft. THe other one is 5100 ft. St John's has longer runways than here by far!

User currently offlineCarioca Canuck From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2877 times:

It was actually called "Harmon AFB" and was home to several NORAD fighter interceptor squadrons on detachment during the fifties and early sixties.

User currently offlineAC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 803 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2875 times:

Hey AC330,
Well, I mentioned YSJ which is Stephenville because it does have a 10,000ft runway. Also, it is a small airport. Really, the only thing that flies in there are Dash-8's, Metros, and some other small turboprop planes.
Here at YYT, our longest runway is 8500ft. This, for some reason, hardly seams long enough for the Space Shuttle.

AC_B777



In life, some days you are the bug..... some days you are the windshield!
User currently offlineRyeFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1391 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2867 times:

Thanks for the info. I've seen the widebodies at GSO. Although wasn't the runway there long before TIMCO moved into the area? Or did they extend it for them? I don't remember how long its been 10,001ft. I've heard a lot about the Fed Ex hub but do you know where are they planning to put the new runway for the hub? On the other side of the hangers?

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2859 times:

The Space Shuttle landing facility at Cape Canaveral has a 15,000 ft. runway, just for the shuttle-how can they expect it to stop in 10,000?

Greg



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User currently offlineAC183 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 1532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2848 times:

for the sake of clarity on those airport codes:
YSJ is St. John, New Brunswick...
YYT is St. John's, Newfoundland...
YJT is Stephenville, Newfoundland...


User currently offlineAC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 803 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2821 times:

Sorry bro,
I got my city codes messed up. I meant to say YJT not YSJ. My Bad!!

AC_B777



In life, some days you are the bug..... some days you are the windshield!
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