Ok, I was quite skeptical at first because I see 747s landing and (I'm naturally assuming, they'll also have to take off!). Now a Jumbo is a pretty big - and heay - bird.
What are the runway specs?
Length - 7,150'
Width - 150'
So assuming about 7000 odd. That's a pretty short strip. My skepticism rose. But I knew that I still hadn't factored in other variables - payload, engine model/thrust, gross/brake weight, fuel etc.
So I checked with Boeing.
Turns out, from the link HERE
, the minimum requirement for a 747 (bare load, no weight, sea level altitude) is atleast a 6000 footer.
So on an average day, if the plane ain't loaded beyond 650,000 lbs and since the airstrip is at sealevel - it should be possible for the plane to take off.
I haven't checked landing data yet
But thereotically, it does seem possible.
Although I don't understand the point of stripping down a jumbo to the point and sending it there - it would be easier and better to use lower capacity puddle jumpers.
But then again, I ain't no airline exec
Nor am I a wingwiper :chuckle
More :: http://www.cruisinaltitude.com/airports/sxmna.htm
By the way, if memory serves me right::
Our (and the world's) longest runway is Groom Lake: 27,000ft!
As for the largest commercial
runway in the world: Ulyanovsk-Vostochny International Airport (Russia) at 16,404ft