posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 11:15 AM
The longer runway, on the left, is the old runway. It was built in 1960 as an 8,500-foot-long concrete strip, with a 6,500-foot asphalt extension onto
the lakebed for emergency use only. In the 1980s, the south end was extended about 5,000 feet because the north end of the concrete strip was subject
to flooding during the rainy season.
Due to wear and tear, and increasing maintenance costs, this runway was eventually closed. It was replaced with a new 13,000-foot concrete runway in
the early 1990s. The old runway is no longer used.
The the concrete pad south of Hangar 19 is marked with a turnaround circle. Airplanes taxi into the north end of the hangar and out the south end,
where they can turn around and park for easy exit. Before Hangar 19 was extended to three times its original length, there was taxiway leading back to
the runway and thus no need for the turnaround pad.