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Old 19th Oct 2008, 13:51
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St Davids?
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Old 19th Oct 2008, 15:19
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It looks like Llanbedr - without the longer N-S runway on the west side of the airfield.
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Old 19th Oct 2008, 16:44
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Sorry, the aerodrome is not in the U.K. Not St. Davids. BAMRA wake up is on the right track. In fact, if I wasn't a semi-retired MI agent, I would hire BAMRA today if it would help us find a certain Islamic fundamentalist bad guy. All I am saying is that BAMRA quickly assessed the local terrain and the period the photo was shot. He/she also decided to access "google-earth" as a source of further intelligence. I like that.

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Old 20th Oct 2008, 14:57
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Thanks evansb! I'm basking in a warm glow now!

It's the Pacific coast of North Island, New Zealand and it's Paraparaumu Airport north of Wellington. Quite a developed coast now in contrast to the photo.

My observation on the earlier grass strip was correct,
'The then grass Rongotai Airport had been closed for safety reasons in 1947'

Paraparaumu Airport - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

evansb's pic appears on this website:

Home Paraparaumu Airport Coalition Inc

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Old 20th Oct 2008, 17:06
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OK then, what do you make of this:


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Old 20th Oct 2008, 17:21
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Apart from being a lovely caption competition.
It rather looks like a plain clothes Vimy being erected.

A long shot.

Alcock and Brown's in Newfoundland ?

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Old 20th Oct 2008, 17:36
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Damn, thought that one might puzzle you all a bit longer. Yes, Alcock and Brown's Vimy being assembled after shipment from the UK at Lester's Field, Newfoundland prior to their epic flight.

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Old 20th Oct 2008, 18:18
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When one has spent hours in the Science Museum just gazing...............
Anyway,
Here's my little airfield

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Old 20th Oct 2008, 20:13
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France,or Germany ?
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Old 20th Oct 2008, 21:10
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MMM ! red and white pylons, makes me think France, and a multitude of smaller airfields ?? Keith.
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Old 20th Oct 2008, 21:58
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I did wonder about that too Keith, however there's an absence of the usual Med/Iberian red roman roof tiles and whitewash. Plenty greenery so presumably not on an arid coast. If the sun's behind the camera could we be looking north-ish?
The near buildings look to be modern, mostly gables towards us, with low roof pitches which suggest shade protection. A sizeable 'centre of town' hidden in the greenery on the ridge, going on the blocky large buildings?
Is there a clue in those non standard runway markings? Can't make out the numbers.

One wonders if the perspex and prop blur impart a false appearance of dust/ heat haze to the pic. Those big buildings and the radio towers hint at 'command economy'- eastern Europe?

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Old 20th Oct 2008, 22:18
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The figures look like 06 so the runway could be 06/24. Is it in Africa?

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Old 21st Oct 2008, 10:01
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As an Englishman I am a bit embarrassed to admit that my snap reaction was to wonder why there was a cricket square so close to the runway!

No idea where, other than to speculate that somehow the pitch of the rooves on the buildings would suggest somewhere that is no stranger to cold weather.
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Old 21st Oct 2008, 12:05
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Judging by the no. of c/l markings and lack of others,I`m guessing it is no more than 3600ft in length,not an instrument and night runway,not part of an old airfield,and not used by heavier stuff,ie lots of rubber left,and seems to be05/6/8/9 in direction,so probably NHemisphere; not much indication of a hangar,but it could be off left,although there might be signs on the grass for taxiing,and a rather small `terminal` area.So,possibly privately owned/operated,maybe by a parachute club,landing on the `cricket` pitch;or ,of course that could all be total %^&&*%$s..
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Captain Airclues is leading the pack so far..........
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So, it's in Africa, edge of a coastal (sea/lake?) town, not an arid area, so likely to be an prevailing onshore wind.

The buildings stop abruptly, is the airstrip in a low area prone to flooding, behind a coastal ridge? Google Earthing Morocco and SA for starters.
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I'll give you a bit of a lead BAMRA as Africa is not small.
It's in neither of those countries .
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Old 22nd Oct 2008, 18:28
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Is it Spriggs Payne airfield in Monrovia, Liberia?
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Old 22nd Oct 2008, 19:02
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Hi Aeroplane John,
Thanks for pitching in.
Blimey , never been there!

A further clue.
It is the sea in the distance.
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Old 23rd Oct 2008, 08:53
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Looks vaguely like that place in SA where they landed a '747 on its retirement from SAA; haven't got a clue what its called but there was a video of it on these page a couple of years ago.
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