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Chapter 18: Transport and Communications: Past and Present

18.45: Airfield at Hartney


During the second half of the 20th century, flying became a very important method of transport—both of people and goods—in Manitoba. This was particularly true of the north where some settlements could be reached only by air. Landing facilities ranging from single gravel strips on individual farms to Winnipeg International Airport with multiple runways are readily identified on air photos. Many small Manitoba communities supported airfields, usually located a few miles outside the built-up area. These had a characteristic triangular arrangement of runways; one east/west, one northwest/southeast, and one northwest/southeast to offer the best possible combination for wind conditions.

The airfield 1 is located about 1½ miles (2.4 km) south of Hartney 2 and is reached by a gravel road 3 from PTH 21 4. Runways are approximately 0.5 miles (0.8 km) long. Note also

1) Northwest/southeast CN line passing south of Hartney 5;

2)  Northeast/southwest CP line passing through Hartney 6; and

3)  PTH 21 bypassing Hartney 7 with a jog at the correction line between townships 6 and 7 8.

Figure 18.45: Airfield at Hartney

Figure 18.45: Airfield at Hartney

Figure 18.45

Vertical air photograph: A24987-186

Flight height: 16,783 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 3.36 inches

Scale: 1:53,700 (approx.)

Date: July 18, 1978

Location: Townships 6 and 7; Range 23 WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62F Virden

                    1:50,000 62F/7 Hartney