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Quoting: John (scouse) Hirons
Alright Keith, Or an a landing strip in the desert just big enough for a Charley 130 to get in & even then only the RAF could do it but even they canít land on sand. Chalk another one up for the Hereford Hooligans & the RAF special opps boys.
I’m not sure where the idea that aircraft cannot land on sand comes from. There were plenty of rolled sand strips in the Gulf and in Libya, and we used land on them on a regular basis in the 60’s and 70’s. According to a REME chap that we flew around testing these strips, (not concrete, not asphalt, not PSP), they were hard enough to take a VC10. Maybe not long enough, but certainly had the load factor.