Friday, November 7, 2014

Most Terrifying U.S. Airport Runways

Have you ever had a questionable landing? Or landed when you thought there was no way you could make it? We had one when we were flying back in a puddle-jumper from Key West to Tampa. There was no curtain or door to cover the cockpit and we could see just how bad the wind was rocking our little plane.

Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport, Sitka, Alaska

Reagan National Airport, Washington, D.C.

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, Aspen, Colo.
Pilots need a special certificate to land in Aspen, and with good reason, especially during the winter ski season. The strip is wedged between two mountains — requiring strict control — with often low visibility and an icy runway.

John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, Calif.

Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago

San Diego International Airport, San Diego

Prepare to kiss the ground upon landing: San Diego International Airport is considered one of the country’s scariest airports due to several factors. First, there are mountains to the north and east, so pilots need to be on their A-game. Mexican airspace is due south, and the west brings pretty intense tailwinds. The airport is also located downtown, which is convenient for getting to your hotel in short time, but it makes for a white-knuckle descent.

Yeager Airport, Charleston, W.Va.


Have you ever landed at any of these airports? 

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