Hattfjelldal Airport

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Hattfjelldal Airport
Hattfjelldal flyplass
Hattfjelldal flyplass 50414.jpeg
The airport in 1948
Summary
Operator Hattfjelldal Flyklubb
Serves Hattfjelldal, Norway
Elevation AMSL 210.3 m / 690 ft
Coordinates 65°35′42″N 13°59′24″E / 65.59500°N 13.99000°E / 65.59500; 13.99000Coordinates: 65°35′42″N 13°59′24″E / 65.59500°N 13.99000°E / 65.59500; 13.99000
Map
ENHT is located in Norway
ENHT
ENHT
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09–27 715 2,346 Concrete

Hattfjelldal Airport (Norwegian: Hattfjelldal flyplass) is a general aviation airport located in Hattfjelldal, Norway. The first simple landing field was constructed in 1933. During World War II it was upgraded by the Luftwaffe to a concrete 930-meter (3,050 ft) concrete runway and it served as a strategic airfield during the occupation of Norway, mostly for a stopovers. The concrete surface built by the Germans is still in use today and is operated by Hattfjelldal Flyklubb.

History[edit]

The opening of the airport in 1933

The airport was created as a simple landing field in 1933.[1] With the break-out of World War II the airport was used by the Norwegian Army Air Service as a stop-over for flights heading to Northern Norway.[2] After the German forces took control of the area in 1940 they immediately started construction of a wooden runway.[3] More than a thousand people participated in the construction.[2] This allowed them to use the airfield as a stopover for Junkers Ju 87s, especially for bombing raids during the Battles of Narvik.[3] Throughout the war the airport saw daily landings of bombers in transit between Southern and Northern Norway.[2]

To improve the airport, it was upgraded with a concrete runway, which was completed in 1943.[1] Prior to the war the only structures at Hattfjelldal were a church and some farms. By the end of the war there were significant structures which had been built at and around the airport, which were taken over by the community and became the municipal hall, school and community center. A major employer, Arbor, established itself in the hangar during the 1950s.[3]

An aviation club, Hattfjeldal flyklubb, was established in 1948. Activity was limited until 1960, when the club bought its first aircraft, an Auster Mark 5. With the assistance of the aviation club in Bodø, Hattfjelldal flyklubb was able to establish pilot's training for the first time in 1962. Training was conducted on Bodø's ski-equipped Piper Cub. Three of the four pupils passed their exams. The club crashed their Auster in Rana on 11 March 1963 and after that bought a Piper Super Cub, which could be equipped with wheels, skis and floats. Additional training commenced in 1972 with a leased Cessna 150, and later the same year the club bought a used Cessna 172. The latter crashed in Glomfjorden in 1975 and replaced by a new aircraft of the same type, which remains in use by the club. A third and final round of training was organized at Hattfjelldal in 1981.[4]

Facilities[edit]

The Arbor chipboard plant at Hattfjelldal

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The airport has a concrete runway which measures 930 by 50 meters (3,050 by 160 ft) and is 25 centimeters (9.8 in) thick.[1] It remains the only unmodified airfield from the war, as all other airfields have either been demolished or modernized.[3] The hangar at the airport is the site of Arbor, which uses part of the runway as a storage facilities for its output.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Krogtoft, Harald; Billy Jacobsen (2009). "Flyplassen i Hattfjelldal". In Hans-Tore Bjerkaas. NRK Nordland Fylkesleksikon (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Gynnild, Olav (2009). "Flyplassenes og flytrafikkens historie". Kulturminner på norske lufthavner – Landsverneplan for Avinor. Avinor. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Krogtoft, Harald (6 December 2010). "Herfra bombet tyskerne Narvik" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Om klubben" (in Norwegian). Hattfjelldal flyklubb. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Rasmusen, Bjørn (29 September 2011). "Fremtiden for flyplassen i Hattfjelldal som sted for utvikling of formidling" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Retrieved 28 September 2013.