Thursday, April 22, 2004

This is priceless. The new Tehran international airport, which has apparently been under construction or in planning since the end of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988, and was technically opened in February, is unusable. The "Oppressed and Disabled Foundation" was given the contract to construct this major airport. Think about that. They let social workers and charity pimps take over a monumental engineering and construction project. The result was about what you'd expect. They cut corners by paving the runways and landing strips with asphalt instead of concrete. This is not recommended in hot or warm climes, and although Tehran is much less extreme than Baghdad, it's still not exactly what you'd call temperate. The runways will turn to black taffy in the summer, and will splash under the pressure of full-weight commercial airliners.

Via Rantburg.

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