21 April, 2011

M1370: Baguio Airport Postcard Update

The plane shown in the postcard is the Fokker F27 Friendship, which was designed and built by the Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker. The airplane has a wingspan of 29 m, which is good for short runways like Loakan.


Loakan Airport

LOAKAN AIRPORT

Loakan Airport is known for the cliffs that drop vertically off both ends of the concave runway. Camp John Hay flanks the north, while the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) plateau to the south. Mt. Ugu (6,600 feet), Mt. Kabuyao (6,600 feet) and Mt. Santo Tomas (7,300 feet) loom beside the airport.

Traffic patterns are to the north only since high terrain blocks the airport tower’s view on the south. The airport had installed markers every 50 feet along the runway, with large black lettering on a white background telling pilots how many feet left until the end of the runway.

RELATED ENTRY:
M1370: Baguio Airport Postcard

SOURCES:
Real Hazards and Imagined Terrors
Part 46: There and Back Again

IMAGE SOURCE:
Loakan Airport Wikipedia Entry

2 comments:

Willa @ PostcardPerfect said...

wow! dami mo na palang collection ng postcards.

filipino deltiologist said...

thanks! medyo maaga kasi ako start mag collect.. 1997 ata un.. ;)