世界上最奇异、最古怪、最可怕的机场

The world's strangest, weirdest and scariest airports

 

From the Hebrides to the Himalayas, we reveal the strangest and scariest airports in the world.

从赫布里底群岛(英国苏格兰西部——译者注)到喜马拉雅山脉,我们为您呈现世界上最奇怪和最可怕的飞机场。

Denver International

USA

丹佛国际机场,美国

 

Denver International Airport has found itself under intense scrutiny from conspiracy theorists since it opened in 1995.

自从1995年丹佛国际机场开放以来,它就发现自己已经处于阴谋理论家的严密监视之下了。

 

Philip Schneider, a structural engineer turned whistle-blower who died in mysterious circumstances in 1996, claimed that beneath the airport lies a vast underground facility, which then prompted suggestions that the airport is actually hiding a secret military base or even a concentration camp.

菲利普·施奈德,一个结构工程师,1996年死于诡秘情形的告密者,声称在这座机场的下方,有巨大的地下设施,而紧接着就有迹象表明这座机场实际上隐藏着一个秘密军事基地甚或是一个集中营。

 

And why, ask conspiracy theorists, do the runways form the shape of a swastika?

那么这是为什么呢?问问阴谋理论家们,那些跑道的形状不是酷似纳粹的十字标志吗?

 

 

The world's strangest, weirdest and scariest airports

 

Even the artwork on display has fallen under the spotlight. Four bizarre murals of rather disturbing and apocalyptic scenes can be found inside the main terminal, which conspiracy theorists speculate depicts the true agenda of the “New World Order”.

甚至是这幅展出的艺术品也引起了人们的注意。在主干道的终点处,可以发现四幅看上去有点恐怖和预言性的场景,那正是阴谋论者根据想象所描述的“新世界秩序”的真实议程。

 

Meanwhile, a stone plaque above the terminal’s entrance features a square and compass (a traditional Masonic symbol) and a dedication to the “New World Airport Commission” (no such organisation exists).

同时,一块镶嵌在终点入口处的石匾装点着一个正方形和一个罗盘(一种传统的马赛克标志),以及一行写着“新世界机场委员会”(不存在这样的组织)的题词。

 

The world's strangest, weirdest and scariest airports

Courchevel

France

库尔舍韦勒机场,法国

 

Appropriately, Courchevel Airport’s runway actually resembles a ski slope. The 1,700-ft stretch of tarmac is on the short side, but the 18.5 per cent gradient will quickly slow down arriving aircraft. Pilots must obtain a special permit to land here.

把库尔舍韦勒机场的跑道比作一条滑雪坡道是再贴切不过了。那条1700英尺长的沥青跑道位于低处的那一侧,但是那个18.5°的倾斜角会让到达的飞机很快降低速度。飞行员必须得到特殊的许可才能在此降落。

 

The world's strangest, weirdest and scariest airports

Princess Juliana International

Saint Maarten

朱莉安娜王妃国际机场,圣马丁

 

A planespotter’s dream: aircraft land at Princess Juliana International Airport – the third busiest in the Eastern Caribbean – just metres above the heads of sunbathers below. The runway actually underwent an extension a few years ago, making arrivals a little less daunting.

一个飞机爱好者的梦想:飞机降落在朱莉安娜王妃国际机场——东加勒比海地区的第三大机场——仅仅比在海滩上进行日光浴的人们的头顶高出数米。实际上这里的跑道在几年前曾进行了一次延伸,才使那些要在这里降落的飞机减少了一点恐惧。

 

The world's strangest, weirdest and scariest airports

Don Muang International

Thailand

廊曼国际机场,泰国

 

At first glance, this Bangkok airport doesn’t look particularly strange, but sandwiched between the two runways is in fact an 18-hole golf course.

乍一看,曼谷的这座机场没有特别奇怪的地方,但是夹在两条跑道之间的,实际上是一个18洞的高尔夫球场。

 

As far as attractive settings go, it doesn’t quite rival St Andrews or Pebble Beach – while security considerations mean it is no longer open to the public.

就那些引人眼球的设施来说,他并不是圣安德鲁斯或圆石滩的竞争对手——在安全方面的顾虑意味着它再也不能向公众开放了。

 

The world's strangest, weirdest and scariest airports

Gibraltar

直布罗陀机场

 

A lack of flat space on the tiny territory of Gibraltar means the peninsula’s only runway is bisected by its busiest road, with a pair of flimsy-looking barriers the only thing preventing a nasty collision between a 747 and a Ford Orion.

在直布罗陀这个极小的国土内,缺少平坦的区域意味着半岛内仅有的一条跑道还被那条最为繁忙的公路给一分为二了。而道路两旁看上去十分淡薄的隔栅就是防止747和福特猎户座发生惨烈相撞的唯一方式。

 

The world's strangest, weirdest and scariest airports

King Fahd International

Saudi Arabia

法赫德国王国际机场,沙特阿拉伯

 

Covering about 780 square kilometres of Saudi Arabian desert, King Fahd International is the world’s largest airport – 160 square kilometres larger than the whole of neighbouring Bahrain. The airport’s mosque (pictured) accommodates 2,000 worshippers, and there is a separate terminal for the Saudi Royal Family.

占据了沙特阿拉伯沙漠大约780平方公里的法赫德国王国际机场是世界上最大的机场——比邻国巴林的整个国土面积还要打160平方公里。这座机场的清真寺(如图)可以容纳2000名朝拜者,并且为沙特皇室备有独立的出口。

 

The world's strangest, weirdest and scariest airports

Juancho E. Yrausquin

Netherlands Antilles

胡安彻·亚拉斯奎恩机场,荷属安地列斯群岛

 

This runway is certainly not for nervous fliers. At 1,300-ft long, it’s only fit for small aircraft and is considered by pilots to be one of the most challenging to land upon. It is flanked by high hills on one side and sheer drops on the other three.

这个跑道显然不是给胆小的飞行员建的。那条1300英尺长的跑道只适合小型飞机和那些被认为是最具挑战精神的飞行员去降落的。跑道的一侧是高山,另外三面则是悬崖峭壁。

 

The world's strangest, weirdest and scariest airports

Kansai International

Japan

关西机场,日本

 

To cope with a lack of space, engineers constructed this island airport three miles off the coast of Osaka. Work took some seven years, and the structure is so large it can be seen from space. Was it $20 billion well spent? Perhaps not, as global warming could see the entire thing submerged within decades.

为了应对空间狭小的限制,工程师们在距离大阪海岸3英里远的地方建造了这座岛屿机场。整个工程耗时将近7年,大得足以从太空中用肉眼看到。那200亿美元的工程花费值吗?可能不值,因为全球变暖会让整个工程在十年内被淹没在水下。

 

The world's strangest, weirdest and scariest airports

Barra,Scotland

巴拉机场,苏格兰

 

Can’t wait to get off the plane and on to the beach? Head for the Hebridean island of Barra where the Scottish sands have been used as a makeshift runway since the Thirties. The airport handles 1,000 flights each year, but only when the tide is out.

迫不及待地跳下飞机来到海滩上?飞向位于加勒比的巴拉岛吧。那是一条临时跑道,于上世纪三十年代用苏格兰的沙土建造的。这个机场每年有1000架次的飞机降落,不过只能是在退潮的时候。

 

The world's strangest, weirdest and scariest airports

Paro,Bhutan

帕罗机场,不丹

 

Surrounded by 5,000m Himalayan mountains, Paro Airport demands extraordinary skill from pilots. The rarefied air at 2,235m only compounds matters. Picture: CORBIS

被海拔5000米的喜马拉雅山脉环绕的帕罗机场对飞行员技能的要求近乎苛刻。单单海拔2235米处的稀薄空气是一个严峻的挑战。

The world's strangest, weirdest and scariest airports

Tenzing-Hillary, Nepal

丹增·希拉蕊机场,尼泊尔

 

Another hellish destination for those of a nervous disposition, Tenzing-Hillary Airport – in eastern Nepal – features an enormous mountain at one end, and a sheer drop at the other. The runway is just 1,729-ft long, and at 2,860 metres above sea level, there are few airports found at a higher altitude.

另一个让那些胆小的飞行员害怕的目的地就是丹增·希拉蕊机场——位于尼泊尔东部——它的特点就是一侧有绵延不绝的山脉,另一侧便是悬崖峭壁。跑道仅有1729英尺长,但比海拔2860米还要高的机场是屈指可数的。

 

The world's strangest, weirdest and scariest airports

Funchal,Madeira

丰沙尔机场,马德拉

 

The island’s original runway was just 5,000-ft long, making it difficult for commercial aircraft to tackle. An ingenious solution was found, however, in the form of a 3,000-ft extension – a massive girder bridge. Picture: CORBIS

这个小岛上最初的跑道长只有5000英尺,使得商业航班很难降落。不过,有人想出了一个巧妙的解决办法——再延长3000英尺——以一座大桥的形式。

 

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