Sparrevohn AFS, Alaska






Photo by John Rader, 17th TAS Pilot



Approach to Sparrevohn AFS, Alaska.   The runway is located on the slope of a 3,200 foot mountain.  Due to the terrain, landings were made on runway 34, and departures  were made from runway 16.  The Sparrevohn runway was gravel with a length of 4,100 ft. and a width of 150 ft.    As may be seen, the site is surrounded by mountains and winds in excess of 20 knots often produced severe turbulence on landing.  According to a NOTAM posted for Sparrevohn, “SUCCESSFUL GO-AROUND IMPROBABLE”


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