Expeditionary Airfield System (Portable Airport)

October 1, 1986 – Closed

National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Sea Air Operations, Gallery 203, 2nd Floor, West Wing Floor Plan

On view are sections of aluminum matting used as a runway that is part of a portable expeditionary airfield system developed by the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1950s. The airport system features other portable items not on view-- fuel tanks, air traffic control towers, control systems, and personnel facilities--all of which can be transported and deployed within 3 days. The system was first used extensively during the 1960s in Vietnam. Also on view are photographs of the airport system fully deployed.