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User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Posted (15 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4222 times:

I was just listening to NWCN (Northwest Cable News) here in SEA...they had a little blip about a floating airport that the Japanese have just finished in Tokyo. Does anyone have other info on this?

Thanks in advance,

FLY777UAL

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User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 63
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4172 times:
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Hi

Yes, there was an article in one of the UK papers last week.

I don't know if it is designated a floating airport, but it was definately called a floating runway.

The pic showed the final section being lowered into place.

I wish I kept the article now. You could try the BBC News site to see if it has any info.

Regards
Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland


User currently offlineKIX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4161 times:

The runway is "only" 1000 metres long.
They have it parked somewhere near Tokyo.
It is just a test.
In the future they may plan to use the technology for civil aviation, but my guess is the first application will be to alleviate Okinawa's burden of hosting the US military. There has been talk for several years now about moving a helicopter base offshore in Okinawa.

By the way, Kobe (very near Osaka) will start building an offshore runway on a manmade island very soon. Nagoya (an hour away by train) is building a similar project. Osaka has started pouring dirt to build a second island right next to Kansai Airport (KIX) to add a second runway.

These projects make floating, mobile runways a serious possibility (especially if sea levels rise 5 meters in the next 100 years!)


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