Friday, January 6, 2012

The highway on the runway

Gibraltar is a small British overseas possession of an area of only 6.5 km², situated in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. At a time when over the British Empire the sun never sets, Gibraltar was an important outpost of the colonial powers, with which it controlled exit from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic 

Gibraltar is largely unique place. This is the only place in Europe where you can see monkeys in the wild. But not only that the uniqueness of this area ...

Each of us, probably, traveling by car, faced with a situation where it was necessary to wait out a passing train at a railway crossing controlled. This is a familiar situation for us. But another thing - pass the plane.


Gibraltar - the only airport in the world that intersects with the highway.


Its runway is located at the intersection with the highway connecting the territory with Spain. When the planes land or take off, the traffic on the highway is interrupted by barriers and traffic lights, just as it does at level crossings.


Such a situation has arisen due to the tiny size of Gibraltar, which consists of the southern and northern parts of the rocky plains - the spit connecting the rock with the Spanish coast. Takeoff runway airport is located on the flat part of Gibraltar, passing it across and divide its territory into two unequal area. These two sections are connected only highway that crosses the runway forced landing strip airport.







Red denotes the border between Spain (2) and the overseas possessions of Great Britain Gibraltar (1). Blue denotes runway airport of Gibraltar. Green - the section of highway, crossing the runway and landing strip connecting Gibraltar with Spain

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