That is an amazing photo, simply perfect.
What do they use this runway for?
This shoal was bombed mistakenly by the japanese during wwII, they thought from ariel discovery that is was an aircraft carrier. then in the late 50's through the 70's it was a USCG Loran Transmitting sight
wow! thanks for the information on that. The history of tern island is very interesting. It is incredible to look back at old photographs from the time when the Navy and Coast Gaurd manned the island. Very different from how it is now. I am out here doing research on albatrosses which have now taken over this "aircraft carrier". It is easy to see how it could have been mistaken by the japanese.
The runway used to be used as a halfway gas-up for planes heading out from Honolulu to Midway and back during WW11. Now it is maintained as an emergency landing airstrip, as there aren't too many places people can land in the middle of the Pacific if need be. Planes come in once or twice a month to resupply the FWS volunteers and research biologists who now maintain the island.
Photo believed to be from the 1990s, looking east towards the sunrise.
Hi radiojerry - I took this photo in winter 2007 on the south beach of the island facing east at sunrise.
Eden on the World... :)
MelindaGrace, Great shot of French Frigate. The island was used as a Coast Guard LORAN A (Long Range Aids to Navigation)high power transmitting station and was the System Area Monitor (SAM) for the Pacific LORAN C chain. We use to fish in the shoals as long as we ate what we caught,ater skied in the channel in a Boston Whaler, and anyone stationed on the Island did 12 months with 2 weeks off at the 6 month point. time was spent counting down the once a week flt to the island till we got off permantly. Lots of great times though.
The perfect sunset (or sunrise) colors :)
Stefan, I can answer that. Melinda gets there the way all savvy travelers get there today; aboard the M/V Kahana (see us on "Lost", check your local listings), the Final Link in the Hawaiian Chain. T-shirts are only $20.00!
that's right bybymsn! The Kahana is a lovely way to spend a few days on the way up the chain. A faster, but less exciting option is to take a plane chartered by the FWS.
p.s. where are those T-shirts for sale??
Well Melinda (is this Melinda C???):
A) An airplane? Really?
B) T-shirts are available onboard. Unfortunately, supplies are limited. BUT WAIT! More are on the way. They are very chic and go with any occasion that requires t-shirt. Waking up, for instance.
C) Time killer idea: Who is bybymsn? No cheating.
wow, awesome photo!!
amazing and very beautiful picture! greetings from Poland
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