JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. —
The Brownie Pad on the Langley Air Force Base flightline, is
receiving a 48,000-square-yard upgrade, as part of an $11 million, three-phase
The three phases consists of repairs to Flight Line road, the
T-38 Talon ramp and the refurbishment of Brownie Pad, which will adopt the
moniker East Ramp, upon completion of the 10-month construction in October
“Once the East Ramp is complete and open, it will increase
aircraft capacity by 35 percent,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Aaron Woods,
1st Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of airfield management
operations. “That 35 percent will give airfield operations a higher flexibility
for exercises like the trilateral multinational exercise and open more parking
spaces for other operations to use.”
According to Woods, Airmen would complete four to five
Foreign Object Debris checks a day because pieces of the old concrete would
blow onto the taxi ways where aircraft can be damaged.
To help battle future FOD issues and save airfield
management time with less inspections, plans were made to ensure the sturdiness
and longevity of the new ramp.
According to Kevin Armstrong, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron
construction inspector, the new ramp will have a 12-inch base of cement-stabilized
soil, which is better for the environment; 12-inches of crushed concrete recycled
from the old pad; and a top layer of 13-inch-thick concrete slab.
Even though the concrete slab was the biggest part of the
project, additional upgrades were also made to the ramp.
“About 2,500 linear feet of storm water pipes were installed
to replace the 100-year-old piping; drainage was added to allow proper water
mitigation; 92 grounded tie-downs were added for aircraft safety; and 8,000 feet
of striping were made to mark all the new aircraft parking spots,” Armstrong said.
Once completed, the newly developed infrastructure will help
JBLE improve mission capabilities on the flightline.
“This project fixes safety hazards for the
flightline, allowing airfield management and maintenance to better support and
provide a safe environment for our pilots and aircraft,” Woods said. “This
project will also de-conflict the flightline traffic, allowing for better
mobility and space for national security operations.”