Novel airport idea floated for San Diego
It's a blast from the past, this idea. A group of Californians say that theirs is the way to replace San Diego's Lindbergh Field, a single runway airport that is among the smallest in captivity. They want to build a floating airport out in San Diego Bay, reached by underwater tunnels, and also equipped with cruise-ship docking facilities. Although they have from all accounts met with ridicule, their concept is neither totally new (see this illustration from the February, 1934, Modern Mechanix) nor untried. Japan has built a floating airport, and it hasn't sunk yet.
Lindbergh Field, although wonderfully convenient to the downtown, is crimped by the city on three sides and by the bay on the fourth. It could be expanded where it is, but there are neighbors who will be angry at anything less than a complete shutdown. A few years back, the city tried to persuade local voters to approve a plan to move the airport to a Marine Corps air base, but that didn't work. Since then, plans have focused on improving the airport where it is.
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