Travel: New Directions

The idea first occurred to Navy Pilot James R. Conrey in 1960, while he was jockeying his plane through a tricky crosswind landing at Lincoln, Neb. The field—like many military and small private airports—had only one runway, leaving him little choice in the direction of his approach and landing. As he struggled with the controls, Conrey longed for a landing strip that would always allow him to approach into the wind—no matter what its direction. Why not a circular runway? he asked himself. With great single-mindedness, he polished his idea, found an...

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