5,400-odd feet of runway past the displaced threshold. That touchdown point is a little misleading - it's only 500-odd feet past the piano keys (unlike the typical 1000 feet at US airports). Looks like the airport is around 3300 feet elevation as well, with a significant downslope sloping down away from the approach end. Google Earth makes it about 3300 feet elevation at the approach end piano keys, and 3236 feet at the far end.
BAe146QT From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3346 times:
I know that foreshortening makes the runway look, er, short, but wow. Wonderful photography.
Incidentally, YouTube now links other videos (along the bottom) once the video you've linked has finished playing. Has anyone looked at the one on the far right, ("Crazy Landing") where a VERY unconventional technique is used to bring down a recalcitrant gear leg? It's the one with the T-tail prop and has "M90.ORG" in the top left.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3303 times:
I spent some time at Tegucigalpa way back when. This was fun to watch with DC-6s and Connies too. The planes I flew in/out were a good deal less dramatic. It was the only place I ever saw where everybody on the airport turned out on the ramp to watch all airline arrivals and departures. You take off in the same direction (northish) if possible because, well, can you imagine trying to climb UP that hillside with an engine out?
The far end of the runway, IIRC drops off into the river. Pretty rugged.
At the time I was there, there were three NDBs within a half mile or so of airport center and NO instrument approach.
The highlight of my stays there (apart from rum and coke at the O Henry Bar) was watching a V-of-3 Honduran Airforce C-47s take off down that runway.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.