Re: Runway Lengths

Date:         19 Feb 98 01:34:13 
From: (Joe Castleman)
Organization: Gyrofrog Communications
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In article <airliners.1998.297@ohare.Chicago.COM>, wrote:
>Could someone mail me the length of runway needed to land for today's
>airliners?  I live in a city with an airport of 7,500 feet and wondered
>what exactly could land there.  I'd love to see a DC-10 fly in.

Your airport could accomodate a DC-10.  I live in Austin TX, where the
runway is about the same length.  AA used to fly in one or two DC-10s a
day, but not for 2 or 3 years, and the biggest plane I've seen there
lately is a B757 (although about a year ago, I saw an AA MD-11 fly in --
wonder what the story was behind that?).  I used to see Stretch DC-8
Freighters, but last summer they moved the air freight operations to
Bergstrom (which will be our new airport next year).

Keep in mind that the DC-10 was, in part, designed to be able to fly in
and out of New York LGA, where each runway is 7000 feet.

I thought 7000 feet was short, but Orange Co. is under 6000 (barely over a
mile!) and handles B757s, as well as transcontinental flights (a lot of
fuel to lift off of a little runway).  Burbank, Chicago-Midway, and
Washington-Nat'l are all under 7000 feet, I believe.  St. Thomas is now
7000 feet, *after* being stretched in the 1970s (following a crash landing
by a DC-8).

I've wondered about this subject for a while -- I'd like to know where the
smallest runway is that is in regular use by airliners (i.e. B737 or
larger).  So far SNA seems to take the cake...

Joe Castleman   (to reply, remove "ANTISPAM" from my address)
Gyrofrog Communications
Austin, Texas  U.S.A.
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