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The runways at Bermuda

Old 21st May 2020, 19:47
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The runways at Bermuda

The main runway (30/12) is still in use, Kindley Field also had two other runways which are now disused. I am particularly interested in the north/south runway (I can't remember the exact orientation). Does anyone know how long it was and what the designator was, e.g 36/18?

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Old 21st May 2020, 21:30
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The N/S runway was 01/19, can't find any reference to its length, but Google Earth might help.
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Old 21st May 2020, 21:34
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In the later days of the USN presence there, it seemed to be the location of their special weapons storage facility. I don't have any dates.
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Old 21st May 2020, 22:14
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Rough measurement on Google Maps is around 4,500'.
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Old 22nd May 2020, 03:59
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Ask Pete Adhemar.
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Old 22nd May 2020, 07:15
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Originally Posted by Barksdale Boy View Post
Ask Pete Adhemar.
Now thereís a name I havenít heard for a year or nearer 50!

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Old 22nd May 2020, 07:40
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Thank you everyone, I'm getting closer.

My reason for asking is that I amuse myself in old age by writing fictional short stories on aviation subjects. The one I am writing at the moment is about a VC10 flight from London to Bermuda in 1973. Hurricane Alice has passed by but the winds are still very strong from the north. The captain is able to land on RW 30, but could he have opted for RW 01? That is why I want to know how long it was? Also whether it was still in use in the mid-1970s.

Once again, all help will be gratefully received.
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Old 22nd May 2020, 09:55
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Originally Posted by Bergerie1 View Post
The main runway (30/12) is still in use, Kindley Field also had two other runways which are now disused. I am particularly interested in the north/south runway (I can't remember the exact orientation). Does anyone know how long it was and what the designator was, e.g 36/18?

All help gratefully received!
BSAA charts 1949 show 01/19 5300 x 150

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Old 22nd May 2020, 11:19
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Mike, Thank you so much, I can now finish writing my story. Phil
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Old 23rd May 2020, 18:52
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Some wonderful vintage footage here which shows a good deal of the Kindley Field layout.....and as a bonus, RB211 buzz saw take off
Eastern L1011 Bermuda 1973

https://youtu.be/tCJ7kqxL7wA
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Old 11th Jun 2020, 17:33
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The 1963 chart shows 4500 feet (click on it and you can enlarge the chart)

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Old 11th Jun 2020, 19:44
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Pete Adhemar

Or Paddy as he was known at school! Fancy seeing his name mentioned - we were 2 of 3 ex- Camberley GS boys who joined the RAF via South Cerney at roughly the same time, he was on 217 I was on 218 and our other old mate was on 205. This will piss Beagle off - we were all council house grammar school oiks who did at least as well as chinless wonders on our respective courses.Another contemporary was Air Marshal Martyn Gardiner. He stayed on while us 3 oiks left for pastures new outside the mob.

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Old 12th Jun 2020, 20:32
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Always a crosswind landing every time i've been there, the runway direction being determined by the lay of the land rather than the prevailing winds of course. Rains a lot too lol
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