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Why did the RN need 4 and the RAF only 3

Old 17th Jan 2015, 15:52
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Why did the RN need 4 and the RAF only 3

..runways that is. In WW2 a typical admiralty airfield design consisting of four runways but an RAF one would only have three...


Anyone know why???
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Old 17th Jan 2015, 16:21
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'cos aircraft carriers seldom operated with a crosswind so pilots didn't need to be so proficient at crosswind operations (by the way, some RN airfields only had 2 runways eg Chedworth)
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Perhaps the thinking was that whilst at sea the pilot would only take off/land into wind so when he had to fly to a land base his ability to deal with crosswinds - being out of practice - might be poor so causing accidents...
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