Science: Airfields in a Hurry

The big test of a new and speedy way to make airfield runways came when a New England airdrome for fighters was used for Flying Fortresses. The runways, made of a mixture of soil and cement, came through handsomely, stood up under the beating of B-17 landings as well as they had taken the lighter swoops of P-40s. Thus a short cut to hard-surface roads as well as airdromes was war-proved.

Never intended to replace reinforced concrete, soil cement has far exceeded engineering expectations. Engineers had known that the ground where cement bags were shaken out soon hardened. But soil cement...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!