Originally posted by DeltaNine
While I can appreciate the immense work you've put into this I feel it is nothing more than a mock up for pop up airfield attacks.
1. Those "blast shields" appear to be nothing special.
2. Those AC are too small to be anything except mock ups. UAVs, perhaps but I doubt it.
3. There are no support facilities.
4. There are other more suitable airfields in the region for flying whatever out of.
That points, to me at least, to a practise airfield for F-16s et al.
The airstrip is remote and it was apparently built for the purpose of pilot and aircrew training although it may have other purposes. I also pointed
out earlier that there don't seem to be any support facilities of any kind which tells me it is used for practice takeoffs and landings just like
some of the other airstrips in the vicinity are used for assault-takeoffs and landings (see my earlier photos of the C-17 at the Fort Greely "Assault
Strip"). The strips are primarily used by the Air Force but on occasion they're probably used by the Army too.
Some of them are used for UAV's and we know this from the information I posted earlier. It is not classified or otherwise sensitive information.
This information is in the public domain even if it can be hard to find sometimes.
The Air Force's civil engineers are very good at constructing and creating simulated targets for pilot training. But there are alot of problems with
1)Sullivan airstrip is an active airstrip used for real aircraft training takeoffs/landings. Primarily, by the Air Force. The "Mississippi" and
"Washington" impact areas in Donnelly Training Area are further to the East/Northeast (You can see the craters in google earth) and from what I
understand these are used primarily for artillery training by the Army.
2)This particular airstrip is not a bomb or target range of any sort. Eielson AFB has other bomb ranges specifically for this purpose. Donnelly
Training Area (which is the government land that encompasses this area) is used primarily for Army training and perhaps sometimes other branches that
can use this vast wide open area for cold weather training and other purposes under programs run out of the Northern Warfare Training Center. (see
their website HERE
Because this part of the world is ideal for cold weather training, not only do our own armed forces train here but sometimes other foreign militaries
will send people here to recieve that same training.
3) This airstrip is still in use by the Air Force. The following is
PDF file (Page 73, section D-4, B) entitled "United
States Army Alaska Regulation 95-1":
(4) Sullivan Airstrip (vicinity WF298995).
b. The areas listed below have been surveyed for use by military aircraft:
(1) Donnelly Assault Airstrip (vicinity WF625784).
(2) Beales Landing Area (vicinity WF594917).
(3) Bolio Landing Area (vicinity WF573906).
(5) Delta Assault Airstrip (vicinity WF301095).
(6) Observation Point 26 Landing Area (vicinity WF365984).
(7) Bennett Airstrip (vicinity WF255754).
(8) Black Rapids Airstrip (vicinity WF576454).
(9) Gulkana/Isabell Airstrip (vicinity WF750085).
(10) Gerstle Landing Site (vicinity WF971753).
Why would the government spend hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars to construct an active airstrip complete with alternate landing
strips, complex taxiways, thrust deflectors, etc. and then suddenly turn it into a crater-ridden hellscape?
Besides, it is right next to the River and could possibly contaminate it with UXO's, debris, shrapnel, etc.. This is why the Air Force uses its own
ranges for this purpose and the Army uses the impact area further to the Northeast.
This is a real airstrip used by real aircraft.