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Old 5th Apr 2009, 12:21
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That looks like a pre-oil era Scatsta, in Shetland, UK, from the east. Certainly looks barren enough. If so, is the photo of WW2 vintage?
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Old 5th Apr 2009, 14:25
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Well done Little Cloud, it is indeed what is now Scatsta Airport on Shetland. The photograph is from the admirable Shetland Museum photo archive and is, I believe, of WWII vintage.
First developed as RAF Scatsta in 1940 as a fighter base and able to support Coastal Command Flying Boat operations. It was the most northerly base in the British Isles. Construction started on the two runways in Spring 1940. In November 1944 Scatsta was used as a support base and diversion point for Lancasters from 617 squadron, led by Wing Commander J. B. Tait, on "Operation Catechism", which bombed and sank the Tirpitz near Håkøy Island, Tromsø. After WWII the aerodrome lay dormant until 1978 when it opened as a civil airport.
According to Wickipedia Scatsta is “the fifth largest airport in Scotland, ranked by international passengers“. The airport service area has no bar (the nearest is some 3 miles away), and no taxi or bus service.
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Old 5th Apr 2009, 14:43
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Thanks S'land. I've nothing to hand, so Open House.
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Old 5th Apr 2009, 15:24
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Old 7th Apr 2009, 11:11
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Here's the same airport about ten years later.

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Old 7th Apr 2009, 11:18
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Deline,Great Bear Lake, Canada?
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Old 7th Apr 2009, 11:38
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STS,

Interesting choice and I can see why you might think that, but no. This place only sees ice in drinks.
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Old 8th Apr 2009, 03:40
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Another four years have passed. This airport is a lot bigger and a lot busier now.

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Old 8th Apr 2009, 03:57
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That looks a lot like the development of Washington Reagan (DGA). There's a similar series in the old lounge /museum.
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Right country, wrong airport.
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Old 8th Apr 2009, 10:19
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Washington National Airport (which had Ronald Reagan pre-pended nearly 50 years after coming into service) was full-blown runway-wise the day it opened in 1941.

It has lost the short east-west runway since then. That runway was too short for large planes and planes skimmed over St Elizabeth's (mental) Hospital on the hill across the Potomac.
Work is underway for a new, consolidated headquarters campus for the Department of Homeland Security. The new DHS headquarters will be located on the site of the old Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Southeast Washington.
No comments please about DHS moving to the former mental hospital site.
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Boston Logan Airport?
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Nashville?
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Old 8th Apr 2009, 18:05
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Not Washington, Boston or Nashville. Go west and south.

This next clue should be a giveaway.

Two years later and one existing runway has been paralled and new "runways" have been dredged for flying boats.

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Las Vegas, McCarran ?
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Old 8th Apr 2009, 18:34
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No, not Nevada. If it was Las Vegas, I doubt there is enough water for the "runways"
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San Francisco International
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Old 8th Apr 2009, 18:56
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Not SFO. This airport is on an island.
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Old 8th Apr 2009, 19:05
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Hickam then?
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Islands ? Flying Boats ? Honolulu ?
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