Re: Dry lake drawings, Edwards AFB

Message posted by Joerg (Webmaster) on February 14, 2008 at 8:10:05 PST:

The runways on the dry lake bed are still in use. The longest runway is an alternate landing site for the Space Shuttle. The numbers at the end (or rather the beginning) of the runway are the magnetic heading in 10 degrees. For instance runway 36 is at a magnetic heading of 360 (or 0) degrees. When there are several parallel runways they are marked as "L"eft, "C"enter and "R"ight.

The compass rose is used by pilots as a reference to calibrate their instruments to magnetic north. Many airports have these, but I believe the one at Edwards is one of the largest in the world.

Attached link: NASA Photo Collection: Space Shuttle Columbia on Rogers Dry lakebed

In Reply to: Dry lake drawings, Edwards AFB posted by Swede on February 14, 2008 at 0:27:12 PST:


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