FS2004 Scenery - Amchitka

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FS2004 Scenery - Amchitka (PAHT) in Aleutians, Alaska (AK), USA.

Amchitka is near the western end of the Aleutian chain of islands in Alaska, around 180 miles west of Adak, and was not included in FS2004 as it was already closed. It is, however, still hugely visible. There is no small town on Amchitka Island, which is why it was used for atom bomb testing after the Air Force base was closed down. There are three runways from the 1940's, the largest of which is aligned 07-25 and just over 10,000 feet of overgrown asphalt 300 feet wide. The second runway is aligned 15-33 and 6,000 feet (also 300 feet wide) and the third is 05-23 and 5,000 feet. The whole eastern end of the island is crowded with old munitions storage areas and other military paraphernalia, including old quonset huts; some of these and some of the old buildings still standing are included. There is almost no visual information available about Amchitka; even Google Earth has snow obscuring what buildings still exist and where they are, so the building locations are at best only approximate, except for the two large hangars.

By Roger Wensley.

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