The Runway by The Rock

Famed for its quirky configuration and demanding flight approach, Gibraltar Airport is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most unusual airfields. Gordon Smith reflects on the fascinating history of the site.

Today, Gibraltar ranks highly among aviation enthusiasts as a prime location for spotting both civil and military aircraft, yet the enduring appeal of this rocky outcrop – located at one of the most southerly points of the Iberian Peninsula – pre-dates any form of manned flight. While it is now known as a self-governing British Overseas Territory, there have been centuries of heated disputes regarding ownership of Gibraltar, some of which continue to this day.


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