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  1. 9

    Don Joe spews:

    Lee @ 7

    Yes, some of us have figured out that we’re looking for some place with a north-south (confirmed by the shadows) state highway 29 next to an airport. There’s a highway 29 in Florida with some airports nearby, but none of them match the picture.

    Still looking…

  2. 11

    Blue collar libertarian spews:

    Wisconsin and New York also have #29 and probably just about every state including the state of confusion

  3. 13

    Don Joe spews:

    @ 10

    Both Wisconsin’s and Ohio’s state routes are east-west highways.

    @ 11

    That’s a US highway, not a state route (the badge is a shield, not a rounded-rectangle).

  4. 14

    Blue collar libertarian spews:

    There appears to be a compass rose, or something along the same lines in the lower right hand corner and a number underneath it. I don’t have the skills to make it out. Anyone else have an idea?

  5. 15

    spews:

    I don’t believe that is either a state road or a US highway. It is probably a county road.

    Look at this map and you see highways designated with shields (U.S. highways?, highway numbers with rounded corners (state highways?) and roads with squared-signed corners. I’m guessing they are country roads.

    Some states use letters for county roads (like this shot of all 3 types of roads in Wisconsin–N is a county road.), so one might be able to eliminate states that way.

    The painting on the surface does seem to be a low-quality compass rose. Airports have those for checking and calibrating compasses.

    Given the small planes, the close proximity to the road with a low-security gate access, the crappy building and the low-quality compass rose, I’m guessing it is a smallish airport with a single runway from 2,200′ to 4,000′ long oriented, roughly, north south, in a state that numbers their county highways.

  6. 16

    Blue collar libertarian spews:

    If that is a compass rose then it appears that North is towards the top of the picture. Looks like an “S” for South lettered in at the lower portion of the rose. I think the sun is setting in the SW and this is most likely a northern location. If that strip between the road and the airport maybe grass and it looks to be brown it might be winter. Okay how wrong am I? He-he. ;)

  7. 17

    spews:

    @14
    I don’t believe that is either a state road or a US highway. It is probably a county road.

    Yep, and I’d be lying if I said I knew that when I chose this picture. I was wondering why no one had gotten it so far… :)

  8. 18

    spews:

    Blue collar libertarian @ 15,

    The S you see looks more like an E to me, rotated 90 degrees so that North points right. But I am suspicious–I think that letter is a watermark from the image owner.

    I am pretty certain that is a compass rose. Notice how there seems to be an old rose and a new rose just a few degrees apart? The location experienced some magnetic precession after the original rose was painted; they were too cheap to remove the old rose before painting the new one! Another hint that this is a low-budget smallish general aviation airport.

  9. 19

    spews:

    Lee @ 14,

    ” I was wondering why no one had gotten it so far…”

    Perhaps because, in some states, each county has it own route 29!

  10. 21

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Searching for small airports located on a “county road 29,” Yolo County Airport in Davis, California would be a candidate.

    It’s chief claim to fame is that during World War 2 its main runway was painted to resembled an aircraft carrier deck and Doolittle’s raiders used it to practice carrier takeoffs for their Tokyo raid.

  11. 24

    sparky spews:

    Yeah roger, I already guessed Napa…but thought it was too easy to be right…and I was correct..lol…

    At least I am getting the hang of this now..

  12. 27

    spews:

    waguy @ 24,

    Nice work!

    I was looking around in NY state because they have loads of two-digit county roads, but I was looking at smaller airfields.

    This airport is definitely on the big side. It is a class-C airport (like Portland…the really big ones like JFK and Seatac are Class B airports), with 4 pairs of runways, the longest one is 7,000′. Most airports of this class have better spacing from highways. But that is a particularly dense area.

  13. 28

    sparky spews:

    cool…..this is a fun game and Im learning more about Bing each time I try…
    One of these times, I will figure it out!

  14. 29

    waguy spews:

    @27 Thanks, Darryl. I spent way too much time on this, but the Google search term that finally won the day was

    “cr 29″ airport

    . MacArthur was the 4th entry on the first page. I used Google Maps for the initial searching due to its scrolling feature using the arrow keys on my Mac. Bing doesn’t offer that, making the map dragging very tedious.

    Funny that both of my scores have been on NY landmarks…

    Cheers

  15. 30

    spews:

    Darryl, last night:

    This airport is definitely on the big side. It is a class-C airport (like Portland…the really big ones like JFK and Seatac are Class B airports), with 4 pairs of runways, the longest one is 7,000′. Most airports of this class have better spacing from highways. But that is a particularly dense area.

    OK, if Portland is a “C” and JFK is a “B”, what the hell does it take to be designated a Class A airport? Is that reserved for the mega-hubs like ATL, DFW, LAX, ORD?

  16. 31

    spews:

    N in Seattle @ 30,

    ATL, DFW, LAX, and ORD are all Class B airports. The “class” is the type of airspace set up to accommodate the airport, and comes with a set of air traffic control communications requirements, speed limits, and visibility/cloud clearance minima when flights are conducted visually.

    Class A airspace is a spherical shell surrounding the earth from 18,000 feet to 60,000 feet. Only instrument-rated pilots and aircraft, while communicating with air traffic control, get to hang out in class A airspace.