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Old 21st Sep 2008, 20:19
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I am out on that limb with WAINODEN, POLAND ???? Keith.
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Old 21st Sep 2008, 21:23
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For all the rice in Poland, I think the photograph is of the old Don Muang airfield in Bangkok, (Krung Thep), Thailand, (Siam).
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Old 21st Sep 2008, 21:40
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Russia, Engels near Stalingrad........
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Old 21st Sep 2008, 22:19
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Kiev (Ukraine)?
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Old 21st Sep 2008, 22:26
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Googling Don Muang shows similarities in canals on NW-SE sides of airfield,although the grass appears to have been cut !!
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Old 22nd Sep 2008, 00:37
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And the winner is .....

I've just woken up to a plethora of possible answers that I never would have thought of. This was a much more difficult challenge than I expected it to be.

And the winner is ..... (as usual) ----- evansb

RTAF Don Muang, NE of Bangkok. It used to be BKK International, until Suvanabuhmi opened. Some more information and old pictures here:
The Royal Thai Air Force [eng] : : History of The Royal Thai Air Force

and some more info here, including a nice picture of a Breguet 14, which I hadn't heard of before:
thaishortstories.***/2007/12/briefer-history-of-royal-thai-airforce.html
For ***, substitute b l o g s p o t . c o m (with no spaces).

I have to make time to go to the museum, next time I'm in Bangkok

As Sycamore points out, the distinctive road and canal pattern is very obvious on Google Earth:



It is interesting that this (NW) side of the airport is now the civil side. The present day military section is out of frame to the left on the other side of 21L.

My next clue was going to be about QANTAS and golf courses:


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Old 22nd Sep 2008, 02:07
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I'll have to spend some time finding an aerodrome photo as challenging as Simon's last. In the mean time, this one will have to do:
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Old 22nd Sep 2008, 02:53
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bri,

Somewhere in the US, but otherwise no clue. I hope there are some hangar doors at the far end, otherwise there will be a severe production line bottle-neck!

I've just noticed one of my URLs, which worked properly in preview, has been censored. So for those of you who want to see the Breguet 14, here is a DIY version:
thaishortstories.***/2007/12/briefer-history-of-royal-thai-airforce.html

For ***, substitute b l o g s p o t . c o m (with no spaces).

Note, this blog is perfectly work safe - it's not about THOSE kind of Thai short stories.
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Old 22nd Sep 2008, 03:06
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Cleveland Hopkins (KCLE)

or

Detroit (Yipsilanti) Willow Run (KYIP)

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Old 22nd Sep 2008, 03:59
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Ref Don Mueng. There can't be many airfields with a golf course between the runways. I once had a golf ball bounce in front of the aircraft while taxying! Still no excuse to go and park on it though!
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Old 22nd Sep 2008, 04:39
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Still no excuse to go and park on it though!
Yes, no excuse! A lot of good SOP and CRM lessons in that accident.

And as an SLF going in to Don Muang for the first time on 21L, those ponds in the undershoot gave me the distinct impression we were going for a swim
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Old 22nd Sep 2008, 04:50
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C2j is correct The Ford plant at Detroit/Willow Run (Yipsilanti, Michigan), was once the largest building in the world. Ford produced the B-24 Liberator bomber at Willow Run. You have control.
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I'm sorry guys, I can resist anything but temptation, and these pics are just too tempting! I'm not prepared with a pic.

OPEN HOUSE!

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Old 22nd Sep 2008, 15:39
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Is this enough to go on?

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Old 22nd Sep 2008, 16:05
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The runway layout suggests Fleet Air Arm.
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Not Fleet Air Arm. Airfield was originally civilian but for a long time has been partly used by the military.

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Old 23rd Sep 2008, 11:29
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This was taken during the construction of the first terminal:

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Is that a Koolhoven F.K. 50 in the background?
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Looks more like another Short Scion which used to live in Acebell's Redhill hangar , so I'd say Palestine Airlines and maybe a bit of sly rearrangement of the reggies?
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Good aircraft recognition Max! Sly, moi?
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