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by Terry Brox
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Field in a larger map
The new MACK Field is located just south
of the intersection of Highway 56 and Railroad Ave southwest of the
Great Bend city limits. The east marker
above is the flying field.
photo below was taken by Joe Dunnaway on August 8,
2010, the morning after the runway was laid.
Hote: Please enter through the gate, as indicated by the red
arrow on the photo above. The house and yard, outlined in yellow, is
NOT part of MACK Field. Out of respect for our neighbors, please do not
use the driveways marked with red X's. Thank You! click here for larger image
buffalo grass area is enhanced in the above photo for visual effect.
RUNWAY WAS INSTALLED ON AUGUST 7, 2010, and is holding up quite nicely, after
5 or so years of abuse!
This photo was taken from about 130 feet from the north end of
the runway looking south. One fourth of the runway is not even in this
The image below shows the basic plan we had
for MACK Field before we started construction. As you can see, the
final product looks pretty close!
The inner green line represents the area that was
planted with buffalo grass and will be kept short.
The outer green line represents the area that was
planted to brome to provide an extra area of forgiving grass for planes that
don't make it to the primary grass area.
The total area of grass will be approximately
12 acres with almost 5 acres of buffalo grass and Geotex.
The 515' x 51' runway and 258' x 35' pit area
will be Geotex, a geotextile material normally used
as underlayment for asphalt road construction. It is a very nice runway
material that is nicer to fly off of than both asphalt and grass. Click here for more information about the
materials used for the runway.
In most of the other installations are aware
of, the clubs have overlapped the rolls of material and some have sealed
the overlapped areas with roof sealer, or similar material. We opted to
have all of our seams stitched. The runway and taxi area will be laid
as a single piece of material consisting of 7 rolls of Geotex.
The pit area is 2 rolls of material, also stitched together. So far,
this seems to be a great choice, but time will tell how well the seams hold
This is Joe Dunnaway's
E Defiant. This was taken the day he made its first flight at the
flying field. It is sitting on the pit area material. You can see
the seam between the rolls of Geotex in both
photos. As you can see the stitched seams came out very nice.
Couple of Spring 2015 images from Glenn Pfortmiller