2.6 mil­lion

Air & Space Smithsonian - - Soundings -

THE NUM­BER OF OP­ER­A­TIONS per­formed since 2006 at Ba­gram Air Base in Afghanistan, home to the De­part­ment of De­fense’s busiest sin­gle run­way. Forty-six types of air­craft fly more than 700 op­er­a­tions a day to and from the base, which is run by the U.S. Air Force’s 455th Ex­pe­di­tionary Wing. The wing’s civil engi­neers must work non­stop to keep up with the heavy wear and tear on a run­way that’s only quiet for a mere two min­utes be­fore the next mis­sion rolls through.

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