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Hoedspruit Airport

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The Hoedspruit Airport is more commonly known as the civilian airport of the Air Force Base Hoedspruit called Eastgate Airport. It is located in Hoedspruit, South Africa and is operated by the South African Air Force. This airport has historical significance in being one of the emergency landing sites of the Space Shuttle.

Because the airport is mostly a military base and was designed as a highly protected wartime base, it has several armored and underground hangars especially equipped for immediate take-off when necessary. The civilian airport handles scheduled flights by South African Airways to and from Johannesburg.

The areas surrounding the airport are game reserves and nature parks, which cause wildlife running about the runway. This had caused considerable problem for some time until the base introduced three cheetahs on the flight line which significantly reduced the animal disturbance by around 90%.

The airport is adjacent to the Kruger National Park, AFB Hoedspruit Game Reserve, and close to Daktari Wildlife Orphanage and the famous lion breeding Tshukudu Game Lodge. Accommodation options around the area are numerous and some of these are the Hippo Pools Resort, Jackalberry Lodge, Kambaku Safari Lodge, and the Kapama Buffalo Camp.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFB_Hoedspruit

 

 

 

 

 

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