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runway extension

bigblackmastiff

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A friend sent me this...thought i'd share...kind of neat.
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below is the recently (2003) extended runway at funchal airport in <STRIKE>portugal</STRIKE> madeira. the original 1400m runway was notoriously short and, as a result, sometimes dangerous for landing planes. the runway extension won the outstanding structures award and rightly so: due to an obvious lack of land, engineers have supported the extension on 180 pillars, each 70m high. on the last photo you can see what seems to be a car park that now lives under the end of the runway.
 

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