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Arlington (1S8) - Overview
« on: March 31, 2011, 10:12:51 AM »
Not easily confused with the Arlington Municipal Airport in Washington (which is a thriving, busy place with a lot going for it), Oregon's Arlington Airport is an old, unpaved strip that's just barely still there, with nothing for the fly-in visitor besides its admittedly large runway (such as it is). 

This is an unusual strip.  Perched on high, flat terrain just south of the Columbia River about half-way between The Dalles and Hermiston, the airport has been around since the 1930s, and once had a few businesses based there.  Today, it's hard to tell it's an airport - even though it has a 5000' runway.  That runway is unpaved - well, sort of.  The surface is listed in most airport directories as dirt or turf, but I think it may have once been paved, or at least have had a lot of gravel spread on it.  I did a v-e-r-y gentle touch and go there once, worrying about my nosedragger not liking the surface (call me over cautious if you want: I had been there before by car, and recalled the surface being a strange, rough mix of gravel, dirt and rough tufts of grass).  The surface is fairly rough - be careful if you venture there and are not used to funky strips.  If you do go, you'll find solitude, and not much else.  I've been there a couple times (once by car, once by air) and never saw any sign that another human had been there in years or maybe decades - just the ruins of old airport infrastructure that looked like they could have dated back to the field's heyday in the 1930s.

The runway is listed as 5000' long and 50' wide, so although it's definitely on the scruffy side, there's plenty of space to play with if you want to give it a try.  It's unattended and there are no services on the airport or nearby.

Be sure to watch out for special use airspace to the east, and for large numbers of massive wind towers to the west (and a few to the east, too).


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« Last Edit: April 05, 2011, 11:36:23 AM by davidh »
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