Forum logo How hard would it be to land an Electra on the reef at Nikumaroro?


Depends on where you try. Large stretches of the reef flat are smooth enough to ride a bicycle on. Other parts are pitted and quite jagged. Today, the area where former residents say they once saw airplane wreckage is marginal. The Electra had nice big fat tires. I’d say that you’d probably blow the tires but wouldn’t necessarily collapse the gear or flip the airplane. What it was like in that area 60 years ago is anybody’s guess.


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