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Old 11th Oct 2007, 04:57
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Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, formerly USAF base Sondrestrom Fjord (BGSF),
base code BW-8, known as Bluie-West 8, or just 'Sondie' in later years.
Construction started in 1941 under the guidance of famed Arctic explorer Bert Balchen. Initially used for trans-atlantic ferry flights as an alternate airfield to BW-1, the USAF based aerial tankers in Sondie during the post-war years, re-supplied remote DEW Line sites, and it was also used by trans-atlantic airliners as a fuel alternate. The USAF turned the base over to Denmark in 1992.
Here is a shot taken in 1965. Not too much has changed.

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Old 11th Oct 2007, 09:16
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You have it evansb, over to you...
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Old 11th Oct 2007, 15:11
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Thanks BAMRA, that was fun. Here is the next aerodrome:
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Old 11th Oct 2007, 18:09
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Sorry JENKINS, not Shaibah, Iraq.
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Old 11th Oct 2007, 18:19
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Just a stab in the dark - Karachi
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Sorry KeMac, not Karachi. There is a British connection to the airfield, however.
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Old 11th Oct 2007, 19:03
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Salalah, Oman? Ex RAF airfield and Imperial Airways staging post.
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Old 11th Oct 2007, 20:38
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Sorry BAMRA, not in the middle-east, nor the near-east. Not a RAF airfield, nor an Imperial Airways stop-over. Here is a later photograph:
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Old 12th Oct 2007, 07:40
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Is it somewhere in USA?
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Yes, it is located in the United States.
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Old 12th Oct 2007, 10:31
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Is it the ex-home of the ill-fated circular runway concept; you know, central pillar, wire to wing tip, accelerate, lift off at V2, and release once the wheels are up?

The name of the place is on the tip of my tongue.......
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Old 12th Oct 2007, 11:49
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Randolph Field, San Antonio, TX, long, long ago.
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Old 12th Oct 2007, 16:21
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Randolph AFB

I notice that you can still see the old circle (exactly 1/2 mile in diameter) right in the middle of the AFB to this day.
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Sorry, it is not Randolph Field. The mystery aerodrome's ring-road is still in use today, however the property is not being used for any aviation purposes. The buildings, still visible on Google, have been converted to other uses.
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Ford Airport, Dearborn Michigan ?
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Hmm, its not Ford Airport either. Looked it up here:
http://www.airfields-freeman.com/

Looks to be a flat, dry, treeless landscape - further south?
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Sorry, not Ford Airport. Not in Michigan, nor Texas.
Clue: During World War II it was known as "the largest non-military operated flight training centre in the United States".

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Old 12th Oct 2007, 22:41
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Another 'puzzle lite' to run alongside evansb's 'heavy':

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Carlstrom Field, Florida:




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Old 12th Oct 2007, 23:45
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Wouldn't be the Azores again? Looks a lot like Horta (I said that earlier, about Pico).

If so, someone else please do the honours...
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