Some of the toughest flying in the world is in this Pacific island region, including on mountainside runways carved out with hand tools.


  1. Air America and Caribou pilots did similar in Vietnam. Quite an effort by the villagers to create the runway.

    • And a nice job they did too.
      These pronounced slope strips definitely call for a little practice in adjusting your touchdown, but they do give back a warm fuzzy feeling on departure roll 🙂

  2. Superb pilot and technique. This should be referenced in the Airplane Flying Handbook. The majority of YouTube videos I have seen demonstrate a descent to an aiming point hundreds of feet before the touchdown point resulting in a long very dangerous float inches above terrain before the runway surface.