Somewhere in the United States, there's an airfield (probably military) with a runway made entirely out of metal. I've seen the approach plate for it, but I can't remember the identifier.

What airfield am I thinking of?


You are thinking of Bogue Field (KNJM). It is a Marine Corps auxiliary landing field, currently mocked up to look like a carrier deck, and last I heard it was still active and in use to practice carrier landings.

The runway surface is Perforated Steel Planking (PSP - actually I believe the new stuff isn't "steel" anymore but the name remains) - discrete sections that can be laid out to quickly construct temporary landing strips in forward combat zones.

A search on AirNav for "pierced steel plaking" came up with a couple more military fields:

KNXP Twentynine Palms SELF Airport (Strategic Expeditionary Landing Field) - Twentynine Palms, California, USA

2CA9 Castle Dome Army Heliport - Yuma Proving Ground (Yuma), Arizona, USA

2CA9 says it's a helipad but it's 3000x65. The rest of the results were all (reasonably sized) helipads.

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    $\begingroup$ if 2CA9 exists, i couldn't find it on gmaps $\endgroup$
    – rbp
    Feb 27 '15 at 22:34
  • $\begingroup$ you think 2000x72 is reasonable size? "CAUTION: HELICOPTER LZ (HLZ) WHITE RHINO (UAS STRIP 2000' X 72') S OF AND PARALLEL TO RWY 28 IS PRIM FOR TENANT UAS SUPPORT, RSTD TO UAS AND COPTER OPS ONLY" $\endgroup$
    – rbp
    Feb 27 '15 at 22:36

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