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    Default FLORIDA - NAS Corry Field, Pensacola

    Corry NAS is now home to the US Military's 'Center for Information Dominance' (IT and Cryptography Schools for all branches). Its five pre-World War II hangars have been converted to classrooms. The hangars are visible along the north side of the top horizontal runway. They are better viewed in the modern photo.

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    Corry Field in 1946:


    Corry in 2009:


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    Default Re: Corry Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida

    The runway layout is really unusual, nice to see the hangar as well

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    Default Re: Corry Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida

    Interesting looking site. Looks like two airfiled in close proximity.

    I notice on the 1946 photo that the right hand sites runways appear to be joined in a big arc of tarmac but in the modern one they are not. I wonder if this was a temporary infill?

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    Default Re: Corry Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida

    The original layout of Corry Field (and the nearby Pensacola Naval Air Station - now obliterated) was in fact =two= airfields side by side. The right-hand one with the arc of tarmac was a dirigible landing site.

    Here's a photo:
    Dirigible at Pensacola NAS

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    How wide were the runways? They look wider than usual

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    Default Re: Corry Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida

    Quote Originally Posted by REF View Post
    How wide were the runways? They look wider than usual
    292 feet wide.

    I also found out that the large central area on the eastern field was called the 'Suicide Circle' by the pilots (both student and instructor) because there was a bewildering mixture of primary and fighting planes landing and taking off at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyUSA View Post
    292 feet wide
    Do you know what the reason for the width was? Most airfields over here were a standard 150 ft wide.

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    Default Re: Corry Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida

    Quote Originally Posted by REF View Post
    Do you know what the reason for the width was? Most airfields over here were a standard 150 ft wide.
    I've got no idea. A quick internet search turned up nothing. I do know that Corry was designed originally to be a dirigible base, so maybe that had something to do with it. Also as a guess, perhaps its status as a flight training base had something to do with it - more margin for error?

    I did discover that Seattle NAS's runway was 2640 feet long and 500 feet wide!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyUSA View Post

    I did discover that Seattle NAS's runway was 2640 feet long and 500 feet wide!

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    500 ft wide!!!! You could land some aircraft in that distance!!

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    Default Re: Corry Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida

    Here's another view of NAAS Corry Field circa 1955. Note the scads of SNJ Texans ('Harvards' to our U.K. friends). By 1956 most SNJ's had been replaced by the more advanced T-28 Trojan.

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