Design, Construction, Maintenance, and Evaluation of the McMurdo Sound (Antarctica) Sea Ice Runway for Heavy Wheeled Aircraft Operations
Engineering Technical Letter
AIR FORCE CIVIL ENGINEER SUPPORT AGENCY TYNDALL AFB FL
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This ETL provides design, construction, and maintenance details, dimensional criteria, and structural evaluation guidance for operations of heavy wheeled aircraft at the Sea Ice Runway located on McMurdo Sound near McMurdo Station, Antarctica. This runway is operated by the U.S. Antarctic Program USAP and primarily supports Air Force aircraft. These criteria are written specifically for the Sea Ice Runway site in Antarctica. This site does not meet the requirements for a Class B runway. Additionally, some terminology used herein i.e., in the tables on dimensional requirements differs from that used in Unified Facilities Criteria UFC 3-260-01, Airfield and Heliport Planning and Design. The concepts are generally applicable to any runway composed of sea ice, with or without a thin layer of snow.
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