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In Las Vegas, an airport built for extreme heat

By Associated Press


LAS VEGAS >> Hot weather can make it more difficult for planes to get off the ground, but McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is specially equipped to help pilots conquer the challenges of the desert.

Heat thins the air and makes it more difficult for planes to lift during takeoff, so pilots need to gain more momentum as they cruise down the runway.

McCarran is built for the desert conditions with an extra-long runway measuring 14,505 feet. The Las Vegas Sun reports it's the 27th longest runway in the world, and the third longest among commercial airports in the United States.

It's also sloped downhill 1.1 degrees, which is just enough to help jets reach takeoff speed more easily.

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allie wrote:
on July 14,2012 | 08:40AM
serfboy wrote:
I wonder how they deal with fueling the planes in that "extreme" heat?
on July 14,2012 | 09:15AM
kainalu wrote:
Cheaper to go to Vegas than an outer Island ... we've learned over the years.
on July 14,2012 | 10:52AM
t_faman wrote:
If you enjoy losing money and contributing to the Las Vegas economy.
on July 14,2012 | 11:27AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
What do you think they do when they go to the outer islands? Save money and contribute to their own community for hohum treament and experiences? Better to stay put and find one of those palor machines Rep. Thielen is asking HPD to investigate as gambling operations. She should ask whether they are paying taxes and if so, shut up and get a life!
on July 14,2012 | 02:14PM
Valleyisle57 wrote:
I sure do......just like thousands of other local people!
on July 14,2012 | 11:33PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on July 14,2012 | 06:26PM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
Out of approx. 49,000 airports. How many airports did you think there were in the world genius, 100?
on July 15,2012 | 07:45AM
nippy68 wrote:
so....uhm who cares?
on July 15,2012 | 06:00AM
laachang wrote:
on July 15,2012 | 08:50AM
laachang wrote:
And your point is????????
on July 15,2012 | 08:47AM
Rickyboy wrote:
Nice to know Las Vegas takes care. You gotta spend money to make more. Play the odds!.
on July 15,2012 | 12:02PM
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