White Sands, like Bonneville, is a not an Aeroworks
project, but a side-project - an upgrade to the default scenery of fsx.
White Sands Space Harbor (WSSH)
- a former NASA training site and alternate space shuttle landing site.
WSSH began as a 3200' airstrip founded by Northrop sometime in the late
40's. An early typo in a press release called it "Northrup" strip and
the name stuck until NASA moved in and took over some time around 1976.
Since 1978 it has been used as a space shuttle landing training site by
NASA Gulfstream II's specifically modified to simulate a space shuttle
on landing. Since 1979 it was on the books as an primary landing site
for the space shuttle, along with the Shuttle Landing Facility in
Florida, and Edwards AFB in California.
Shamrock 731 at WSSH, June 2013
STS-3 Columbia at WSSH 1982
STS-3 in 1982, the
Florida runway was still being built, and the dry lake at Edwards AFB
had become flooded and was unusable. Since it was very early in the
space shuttle program, and normal runway landings hadn't yet been
completed, Edwards main runway was passed over in favor of White Sands.
It would be the only time the space shuttle itself would use the strip...
Concept 903B #919 Dragon Rider at Stallion AAF - August 2013
Stallion Army Airfield (95E)
- Stallion is an old AAF, used to support Stallion Range Center - the
facility used to manage assets at the north end of White Sands Missile
Range (WSMR). Several hundred people, ranging from security guards to
engineers, work out of Stallion which is actually closer to Socorro, as
opposed to White Sands/Alamogordo region. But since it is a part of the
WSMR, I decided to upgrade it. It is very near the trinity site - where
the first atomic bomb was detonated as part of the Manhattan Project.
Interesting tidbit for old-school science fiction fans: This is where
the popular 90's TV show Quantum Leap took place.
Action Air 13 at Condron AAF - October 2013
Condron AAF (WSD)
- Condron, is another old AAF used as a support strip for the southern
end of WSMR. It is located just south of the military city of White
Sands. Condron is a default airport upgrade, but the city of White Sands
was originally left out of FSX default scenery entirely.
Action Air 47 at Oscura AAF - October 2013
Oscura AAF (80E)
- Oscura is a much lesser known, lesser used outlying strip to the north
east side of WSMR to support the Oscura Range Center. It has no real
permanent facilities, but there is a fuel truck parked there. It is
mainly just a staging area for operations going on in the WSMR.
White Sands for FSX
Action Air 27 - Stallion AAF, October 2013
Jason L. Terry