With the development of giant jet airliners for passenger transport, Fornebu Airport, Oslo, Norway, needs longer runways.
With the development of giant jet airliners for passenger transport, Fornebu Airport, Oslo, Norway, needs longer runways. Recently a five million kroner scheme (quarter of a million pounds sterling) came into operation - but there was one snag: a large cavity, 500 sq.meters in area, had to be filled before runway construction could begin.
To bridge the gap, on the fringe of the airport, Dutch ships and Norwegian engineers are working night and day on a vast 'combined operations' dredging scheme. Cruising up and down nearby Drammer Fiord, the Dutch lighter ship, 'Negeb', two pump boats, 'Octopus' and 'Kalawari,' and two smaller vessels, collect sand and ballast. Dutch craneship 'Pelikaan' unloads huge pipelines through which half a million cubic metres of sand will be washed and pumped to 'fill the gap'. The Dutch ships and their crews will remain in Norway until ice closes the fiords.
The new east-west runway is scheduled to be ready for test flights June 1, 1962.