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Mystery Airport, Bahrain  
User currently offlineLGWGate49 From Sudan, joined Nov 2009, 138 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2696 times:

Hello all

I'm hoping that someone can solve a mystery for me. Right next to the Bahrain International Circuit (where they hold the F1 race) on Google Maps there appears to be half a runway. The rest of it disappears in a rather ghostly way as it sits on the edge of two maps, one old, one new. The map reference is:

http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll...763&spn=0.020243,0.038581&t=h&z=15

Can anyone shed any light on what this airport is or was?

Many thanks in advance!


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User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2645 times:

It is probably a new construction related to the GP circuit.

The GE tile with the race circuit is dated June 8, 2006. The tile with the runway end and apron is dated Aug 29, 2009.

Edit - Bing Maps shows a runway (18/36) in that location prior to construction of the race course. However it does not have the aprons, etc visible in the new Google Earth

Edit #2 - Everything I can find says there are only two airports in Bahrain - OBBI & OBBS - except the CIA World Fact book which says there are three operational airports in Bahrain - two with paved runways over 3,047M and one with a paved runway between 2,483M-3,047M.

[Edited 2009-12-30 18:14:14]

User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1327 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2579 times:

That's the new Sakhir Air Base. The airport is due to open shortly and will host the Bahrain International Air Show 2010.


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User currently offlineCV580Freak From Bahrain, joined Jul 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2354 times:

The third runway is the Sheikh Isa airbase at the bottom of the Island.

Sakir Airbase (next to the F1 GP track) is being upgraded to full ICAO standards initially for the Bahrain Int'l Airshow but may house the Royal Flight longer term.



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User currently offlineLGWGate49 From Sudan, joined Nov 2009, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1956 times:

Many thanks all for solving the question, much appreciated.

Have a very Happy New Year.



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6664 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

VIPs love to have a runway just next to the paddock.


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