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Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Sun Sep 25, 2005 8:23 pm

I am curious to know which can be the longest runway of the airports throughout the world (commercial and non-commercial).

And the second question (rather for pilots). Is there any commercial airport runway where most aircraft in most conditions have v1 > vr and v2?

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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Sun Sep 25, 2005 8:33 pm

Longest non-commercial runway in Europe is Istres ( french flight test -center ) close to Marseille.It makes nearly 4400 meters..
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Sun Sep 25, 2005 8:52 pm

The longest non-commercial runway is at Edwards AFB, especially if you count the non-paved part.

Quoting Iberiadc852 (Thread starter):
And the second question (rather for pilots). Is there any commercial airport runway where most aircraft in most conditions have v1 > vr and v2?

V1 can well equal Vr, but will never be higher. But V1 or Vr cannot equal V2. It takes a little bit of time after rotation for the wheels to leave the ground.
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Sun Sep 25, 2005 9:03 pm

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 1):
Longest non-commercial runway in Europe is Istres ( french flight test -center ) close to Marseille.It makes nearly 4400 meters..

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ISTRES (LFMI) has indeed the longest Runway in Europe.
But this Runway (15/33) is much longer than 4400m ... it has a total length of more than 5 km. 5072m/16.640 ft.


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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:03 pm

Upington (UTN) Airport in South Africa, has 4 900m-long runway - the longest in Africa and long enough to land a space shuttle.

some historty from Airports Company South Africa:

Upington Airport, initially named Pierre van Ryneveld Airport, was opened in 1968. In 1974 a corrugated-iron fire station was erected.

With the fall of the Portuguese regime in Angola, South African Airways lost its landing rights in Luanda. And the restrictions on flying over African states were compounded by concern that the country would lose its landing rights in the Ivory Coast and Isle de Sol.

As a result, Upington Airport's runway was built to accommodate a Boeing 747 with a full load of passengers, cargo and fuel – allowing planes to take off for Europe without having to stop along the way. Upington was chosen because of its height above sea level, position and available land. The airport's 4 900m-long runway was built in a record seven months in 1975.

From August 1976 to December 1996, SAA used Upington as a refuelling station for two weekly scheduled Boeing 747 flights to London and Zurich.

In 1996 the original fire station was converted into offices for airport management and other administrative staff.

The airport is also used by the military. The SA Air Force and SAA use the airport to train 747 and 707 pilots. The SAAF also used the airport to train pilots for the South African presidential jet.



British Airways Concorde landed at Upington Airport in June 1976. The airport boast one of the longest runways in Africa at 4,9 kilometers. (Africa’s busiest airport Johannesburg International, has a runway length of 4,4 kilometers).

There is an interesting history behind the construction of the Upington runway. Early August 1975, LTA Earthworks construction company won a R8,5 million Government tender for the construction of South Africa’s first ‘launching pad’ for heavy aircraft and non-stop flights to Europe. This was the largest civil engineering contract ever undertaken within such a tight schedule in South Africa. It was completed within five months.
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:09 pm

From what I could find, the longest is at area 51 in Nevada

www.area51zone.com/structures.shtml

6 miles? 12? 24? I read it was around 31,000ft paved. But who knows?
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:20 pm

How about the runway at easter island?
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:28 pm

I thought the main runway at Zhukovski (if that's how it is spelled), near Moscow, was more than 5 km. That would make it longer than Istres. But I could be wrong...
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:48 pm

Quoting LegendDC9 (Reply 5):
From what I could find, the longest is at area 51 in Nevada

www.area51zone.com/structures.shtml

6 miles? 12? 24? I read it was around 31,000ft paved. But who knows?

If it is 31,000 feet, I can't imagine all of it would be paved. Runways beyond several miles in length are useful only for emergency or unusual landing regimes so it would be an incredible waste of money to pave something that long if it's only going to be used very rarely.

Edwards (KEDW) has a runway, 22/4, that is paved for 15,013 feet (4,575 meters) and unpaved for an additional 9,588 feet (2,922 meters). It's 300 feet (91 meters) wide and serves the purpose of accommodating standard or expected flight performances on the paved portion and has the unpaved portion to accommodate unexpected or emergency situations.

KEDW's longest runway is 35/17, at 39,097 feet (11,916 meters). It also happens to be 900 feet (274 meters) wide.

I think the longest paved runway in the U.S. is at DEN. 34L/16R is 16,000 feet (4,876 meters) X 200 feet (61 meters).
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:59 pm

I would say JNB is pretty close to being one of the longest, or it seems like it when you take off in a fully loaded B747, I thought we were driving back to LHR  Smile
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 4:04 am

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 8):
I think the longest paved runway in the U.S. is at DEN. 34L/16R is 16,000 feet (4,876 meters) X 200 feet (61 meters).

Isn't the Space Shuttle runway at Kennedy Space centre longer than that?
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 4:08 am

I believe the Area 51 runway is in fact paved, 300 wide and 31000 long. Probably also thick enough to land the weight of the Titanic on it (That's a joke, people). The longest commercial runway in the US and possibly the world is KDEN runway 16R/34L at 16000 x 200.

Source: http://www.airnav.com/airport/KDEN
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 4:37 am

Quoting IMatAMS (Reply 10):
Isn't the Space Shuttle runway at Kennedy Space centre longer than that?

No, the Shuttle Runway at Kennedy is an even 15,000 feet long...

http://www.airnav.com/airport/KTTS

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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 4:46 am

Quoting LegendDC9 (Reply 5):
From what I could find, the longest is at area 51 in Nevada

www.area51zone.com/structures.shtml

6 miles? 12? 24? I read it was around 31,000ft paved. But who knows?

For some reason I think that site is BS.

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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 4:55 am

Since he said any type, X44 at Miami is 15000 x 600 feet, equal in length to the shuttle landing runway. http://www.airnav.com/airport/X44
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 5:10 am

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 11):
I believe the Area 51 runway is in fact paved, 300 wide and 31000 long. Probably also thick enough to land the weight of the Titanic on it (That's a joke, people). The longest commercial runway in the US and possibly the world is KDEN runway 16R/34L at 16000 x 200.



Quoting Bomber996 (Reply 13):
For some reason I think that site is BS

I think that site, like many others about "Area 51", is bogus. There's no reason to have anything that long that is paved. Frankly, if any flying machine required a 31,000 ft paved runway for operations, its utility would be extremely limited since "Area 51" would obviously be the only place in the world where it could operate from.

Also, the picture of the runway on that site that appears to show a long runway could in fact simply be a highway. If you look at aerial photos (e.g., maps.google.com) you'll notice a lot of highways in that area of Nevada that run for miles without a single curve. I also know first hand because I drove through the area about 15 years ago on a vacation and actually drove at 100+ mph for over a 10 mile stretch on the opposite side of the road (I was bored and looking to break the monotony of the drive) - the entire sprint was flat and straight and the only reason I didn't keep going was because I was worried about the tires overheating and rupturing.

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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 5:26 am

Hwange National Park Airport in nothwestern Zimbabwe has a runway length of 15092 ft although only a fraction of that is actually used by the Air Zimbambwe Bae 146 and B732 serving the airport.

When I few into there a few years back, the pilot made a low pass prior to landing to chase the wildlife away.

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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 5:31 am

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 8):
If it is 31,000 feet, I can't imagine all of it would be paved. Runways beyond several miles in length are useful only for emergency or unusual landing regimes so it would be an incredible waste of money to pave something that long if it's only going to be used very rarely.

Area 51 is Government owned, what do they care how much it costs? It's not like it's their own money ...  Wink

As far as the longest commercial runway in Canada is concerned, I believe tha that YYC holds that record with rwy 16-34 @ 12,675 feet.
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 5:58 am

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 15):
I think that site, like many others about "Area 51", is bogus. There's no reason to have anything that long that is paved. Frankly, if any flying machine required a 31,000 ft paved runway for operations, its utility would be extremely limited since "Area 51" would obviously be the only place in the world where it could operate from.

Although Groom Lake AFB aka "Area 51" is the topic of much speculation, misinformation and hype. One thing is factually known about the place. It is or was a test facility for secret (some to be public latter) aircraft. To think the USAF would not have this facility able to handle all types of flight testing to include a no brake, no reverse thruster or chute landing is VERY believable. So I for one totally believe the photos of the runways and their lengths. As for the rest of the crap you hear about that place who knows. Some people actually think this flight test center has the duel role of housing live aliens too. Give some people a few facts and their minds will run away with wild fantasies to fill in what they don't know.

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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 6:15 am

Ulyanovsk-Vostochny International Airport (ULY/UWLW) in Russia has the longest commercial runway in the world.

It's single runway, runway 02/20 is 16,490 x 310 feet/5,026 x 94 meters, all paved.

It has such a long runway because it was designated as one of the diversion fields for the Buran space shuttle.

Here is the airport's website:
http://www.ulvost.ru/eng

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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 6:25 am

LAS has 7L/25R at 14510 x 150 ft. / 4423 x 46 m (from airnav). Of course, when its 115F in the summer, you'll need all of it to get off the ground.
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 7:06 am

Quoting Bomber996 (Reply 13):
For some reason I think that site is BS

Of course.

Quoting MarkATL (Reply 18):
So I for one totally believe the photos of the runways and their lengths.

Yes. If you look at satellite photos of Groom Lake on Google, you can see that the total length of the runway is no longer than about 15000 feet, absolute maximum. All of it does look paved, but there isn't much of anything beyond either end.
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 8:55 am

DEN has one runway which is 16,000 feet long.


http://www.airnav.com/airport/KDEN

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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 9:26 am

Now really, how many more people are going to post DEN? I think we've established the runway length at DEN.

So, to recap:

KSC: 15,000 ft
EDW: 15,013 ft
DEN: 16,000 ft
Upington: 16,076 ft
Ulyanovsk-Vostochny: 16,490 ft
Istres: 16,640 ft
Area 51: ??,??? ft

So far, all we can tell is that the longest known runway is at Istres. Somehow I don't think we'll ever know for certain what they have for a runway at Area 51.
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 9:47 am

Quoting BOS2LAF (Reply 23):
Somehow I don't think we'll ever know for certain what they have for a runway at Area 51.

Why not do what I did and look at satellite imagery on Google? I found it easily.
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:19 am

hmmmm......any type???

hmmmm......seaplanes???
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:29 am

Quoting BOS2LAF (Reply 23):
Somehow I don't think we'll ever know for certain what they have for a runway at Area 51.

Let's see, no one will argue that the Air Force’s ambiguity can be to the point of annoyance when it comes to Groom Lake's current and future activities. However they do acknowledge that a detachment from the Edwards AFB Flight Test Center has used the facility in the past for flight testing of now unclassified projects such as the F-117 and SR-71. They won't say much more, but it wouldn't take a half brain dead lobotomy recipient to figure out that such activities would require a very long runway.
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:43 am

I believe the runway in Florida for the space shuttle is 18,000 ft long and very paved. In fact it's also supposed to be the most level runway in the world.
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:47 am

One of the longest here in Asia is Utapao / Thailand. Used by the USAF during the Vietnam War. Today it is just a small airport for tourist flight. TG does have a facility there doing Engine Overhauls.
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:52 am

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 8):
Runways beyond several miles in length are useful only for emergency or unusual landing regimes so it would be an incredible waste of money to pave something that long if it's only going to be used very rarely.

And UFOs hover anyway. Pavement would only prevent dust being sucked into the engines.
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:23 am

Quoting MarkATL (Reply 26):
They won't say much more, but it wouldn't take a half brain dead lobotomy recipient to figure out that such activities would require a very long runway

The SR-71 is (or was) based out of Beale AFB in California, and the runway there is only 12,000 feet. The runway at Area 51, or Groom Lake, is clearly visible on satellite and is no longer than 15,000 feet, and may be shorter.
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:27 am

Latin America's longest runway is TLC Adolfo López Mateos International Airport (Toluca, capital city of the State of Mexico), at 13780 x 148 Ft.:

Latitude: 19°20'13"N (19.337072)
Longitude: 99°33'58"W (-99.566008)
Elevation: 8466 ft (2580 m)
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Runways: 1
Longest: 13780 × 148 ft (4200 × 45 m)

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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:28 am

Quoting BOS2LAF (Reply 23):
Now really, how many more people are going to post DEN?

No one else did on this thread.

But I see you referenced it again  Smile
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:46 am

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 30):
The SR-71 is (or was) based out of Beale AFB in California, and the runway there is only 12,000 feet. The runway at Area 51, or Groom Lake, is clearly visible on satellite and is no longer than 15,000 feet, and may be shorter.

You're refering to active deployment. I'm refering to pre-deployment flight testing. These are two very different things. They didn't put those things right outside a major city like Sacramento until years of flight testing (before the public was even aware of the aircraft's existance.) The F-117 shot down over Serbia was built in 1978. It was tested for years at places like Groom Lake, looooooong before being acknowledged or activly deployed as they are now.
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:59 am

Quoting MarkATL (Reply 33):
It was tested for years at places like Groom Lake, looooooong before being acknowledged or activly deployed as they are now.

I concede your point that during testing no chances would be taken of overshooting a runway or something of that nature. Either way, Area 51 (or what used to be Area 51) does not have a 31,000 foot runway Big grin

Testing on the SR-71, F-117, B-2 and F-22 did not just occur at Area 51, but also at Nellis AFB and Tonopah Test Range Airfield. I'm not sure what kind of runway Nellis has but I'd assume comparable to LAS...in other words, long. Tonopah is something over 10,000 but under 15,000 feet.
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 12:06 pm

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 15):
There's no reason to have anything that long that is paved.

Depends if you are flying a cloaked liquid methane powered a/c that travels at ultrasonic speeds (Mach 8) which is virtually silent.

How long is La Pax (Bolivia's) runway?
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 12:10 pm

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 8):
I think the longest paved runway in the U.S. is at DEN. 34L/16R is 16,000 feet (4,876 meters) X 200 feet (61 meters).

DEN's runway is the longest commercial runway in the US, as well as the longest commercial runway among major world airports

Quoting SirOmega (Reply 20):
LAS has 7L/25R at 14510 x 150 ft. / 4423 x 46 m (from airnav). Of course, when its 115F in the summer, you'll need all of it to get off the ground.

Don't forget too that LAS is 2181 feet ASL, which makes things that much harder and the runway length that much more necessary

Quoting Idlewild (Reply 27):
I believe the runway in Florida for the space shuttle is 18,000 ft long and very paved. In fact it's also supposed to be the most level runway in the world.

15,000 feet

Quoting BOS2LAF (Reply 23):
EDW: 15,013 ft

Much, Much, Much longer than that
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 12:14 pm

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 34):
Testing on the SR-71, F-117, B-2 and F-22 did not just occur at Area 51

That's why I said places "like" Groom Lake. God only knows what our tax dollars are being used to test right now, much less where.
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 12:15 pm

Quoting Halophila (Reply 35):
Depends if you are flying a cloaked liquid methane powered a/c that travels at ultrasonic speeds (Mach 8) which is virtually silent.

Are you referring to the legendary Aurora spyplane?
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 12:16 pm

What do I search for on Google Earth to find Groom Lake AFB? Where is it?!?!
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 12:36 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 36):
Quoting BOS2LAF (Reply 23):
EDW: 15,013 ft

Much, Much, Much longer than that

The PAVED main runway at Edwards is 15,013. It has an extension onto the lakebed, which is some thousands of feet, I believe. There are also strictly lakebed runways there, a couple of which are much longer (as mentioned, one is something like 39,000 feet).

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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:16 pm

I know this isn't the longest, but it is in Australia and that has to mean something Smile

Sydney Airport's (YSSY, SYD) main runway (16R/34L) has a length of 3962m, which for all of you Americans, is 13000ft.

I think this runway is used as an alternitive shuttle landing site? I am probably wrong though.
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:38 pm

Quoting LegendDC9 (Reply 5):
From what I could find, the longest is at area 51 in Nevada

www.area51zone.com/structures.shtml

6 miles? 12? 24? I read it was around 31,000ft paved. But who knows?

I also think Groom Lake has the longest runway. In the link provided by LegendDC9, the (somewhat outdated) satelite photo shows the runway to be half paved, and half lakebed.

Now have a look at this updated photo from Googlemaps:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Tonopa...96&spn=0.037912,0.061154&t=k&hl=en

They actually built a paved parallel runway!

They spoke about this runway on the Discovery Channel a couple months ago. It was built in the mid '90s. They estimated it is 18,000 feet long. That would put the original runway, including lake bed, at about 36,000'.

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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 2:20 pm

I finally found it on Google Earth. Can someone please explain to me why there seem to be so many commercial planes? They appear to be 732s.
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 2:25 pm

The region of southwest Nevada owned by the government was divided into sections called 'areas' back in the pre-1950's era and #51 had a giant dry lake bed called Groom Lake in it. The base then built on it is like EDW that is has a paved runway section and a nonpaved section going through the lake bed. The total length of the Groom Lake (Area 51) main runway may be in the neighborhood 30,000 feet, but that is total, paved plus unpaved. The thread poster never defined a runway to be paved or not. EDW stands as the longest length of runway that an aircraft can proceed over if necessary.

That said, wasn't there a base in UK that was shut down maybe a decade ago, a NATO-RAF base at Machrihanish, Scotland, near the tip of the Kintyre peninsula? From what I heard, it was also in the neighborhood of 30,000 feet. Don't know how much was paved.

Please note, like others have said, when non-commercial aircraft are being tested, they do not always follow commercial aircraft-like taxi patterns all over the runway. Sometimes they don't takeoff at the end of a runway, sometimes from the middle. They have different protocols, especially when there are not as many aircraft using the same field. In Groom Lake's case, there are likely no other aircraft taking priority than the one using it.

Quoting Halophila (Reply 35):
Depends if you are flying a cloaked liquid methane powered a/c that travels at ultrasonic speeds (Mach 8) which is virtually silent.

For the love of God, don't be ignorant! The category past supersonic is called hypersonic, look it up. Ultrasonic is a medical term.

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 39):
Are you referring to the legendary Aurora spyplane?

The aircraft was neither quiet nor has a cloak; it was simply faster and higher than the blackbird but not by much. This could be why it is now locked up somewhere and not in operation.
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 2:38 pm

Doha International Airport (DOH/OTBD)
RWY 16/34 4,572m
Supposedly an emergency landing site for US Space Shuttle...
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 3:03 pm

Quoting DB777 (Reply 14):
Since he said any type, X44 at Miami is 15000 x 600 feet, equal in length to the shuttle landing runway.

Lol, but this is a water runway! Actually I'm suprised at the number of 15k foot water runways in North America.

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 44):
I finally found it on Google Earth. Can someone please explain to me why there seem to be so many commercial planes? They appear to be 732s.

The 737-200s are used to shuttle employees of the Groom Lake facility to work and back from LAS. Maybe someone else will elaborate.
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 3:06 pm

Quoting Lehpron (Reply 45):
For the love of God, don't be ignorant! The category past supersonic is called hypersonic, look it up. Ultrasonic is a medical term.

Ah, thank you. I knew I was ignorant, thanks for pointing it out. Ever since that time I flew on that Boeing A330-500, things haven't been the same.

By the way, ultrasonic is not just a medical term, my staff uses an ultrasonic probe all the time for 'non-medical' research. It means really, really small.
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 3:14 pm

Quoting Idlewild (Reply 27):
I believe the runway in Florida for the space shuttle is 18,000 ft long and very paved. In fact it's also supposed to be the most level runway in the world.

Yeah I was going to post that! I read somewhere it follows the curve of the earth.
 
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RE: Longest Airport Runway? (Any Type)

Mon Sep 26, 2005 3:34 pm

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 40):
What do I search for on Google Earth to find Groom Lake AFB? Where is it?!?!

You can't look it up by that name, you just have to be able to physically locate it on a satellite map.

Quoting Lehpron (Reply 45):
The region of southwest Nevada owned by the government was divided into sections called 'areas' back in the pre-1950's era and #51 had a giant dry lake bed called Groom Lake in it

All government-owned land is designated by "areas", the White House is Area 1 I believe, the Capitol is something else, Groom Lake just happened to end up with the #51 designation.