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Chapter 18: Transport and Communications: Past and Present

18.51: Airfields Near Brandon

This high-level, small-scale photo shows two airfields north of Brandon, both of which have the characteristic triangular form. In the northeast is the long abandoned field at Chater 1 with three runways about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) long. In the northwest is the still existing Brandon airport 2 which has the triangular shape, but also has a lengthened east/west runway about one mile (1.6 km) long 3 to accommodate larger planes. Air service to Brandon is a “hot” local issue; for a time it was possible to fly direct to Calgary and Toronto, but now passengers have to get to Winnipeg before flying to more distant locations.

Note also:

1)  The Assiniboine River 4 leading off to the southeast;

2)  The Trans-Canada Highway 5 that in the west runs along the township line between townships 10 and 11, but swings north in the east 6 to avoid Douglas Marsh 7 located in the route of a former Assiniboine distributary cross the Assiniboine Delta;

3)  PTH 10 8 that runs north/south with a jog at the 10/11 township line 9;

4)  PR 457 10 that heads to Shilo off the photo to the east; and

5)  The CP line 11 that runs through Douglas station 12 and into Brandon 13, and the CN line 14 that runs into Brandon from the southeast.

Figure 18.51: Airfields Near Brandon

Figure 18.51: Airfields Near Brandon

Figure 18.51

Vertical air photograph: A21666-80

Flight height: 22,420 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 85.611 mm

Scale: 1:79,200 (approx.)

Date: July 21, 1970

Location: Townships 9, 10 and 11; Ranges 17, 18 and 19 W1

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon

                    1:50,000 62G/13 Brandon