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Alton’s Famous & Unique ‘Airport On Ice’ Busier Than Ever On Sunday, February 21, 2021.

by Anura Guruge


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Per my post a week ago our Alton ‘Airport On Ice‘ was back operational this year having, unusually, NOT been operational in 2020. That, however, was NOT because of COVID, but because the ice was not thick enough. Well that was last year. This year, given the rather harsh February we have had, the ice is plenty thick & strong.

Per the tradition the Airport kicked-into ‘gear’ on the Sunday closest to Valentine’s Day — which this year happened to be on THE DAY itself. So, that made it kind of special & as I said in my post there were lots of folks around, on the ice. BUT, there wasn’t many planes.

Not so today. It was as busy as I have ever seen it — maybe even busier (& I have two decades of experience with this airport). We even had traffic jams with planes having to queue up waiting. They even had take-off & landing window. They would let 3 to 5 planes land one after the other, while the planes wanting to take-off had to wait. It was like a big commercial airport at rush-hour, e.g., 5pm at O’Hare in Chicago. You can see 4 planes taxing in on the very top picture. All very cool.

The Airport will now be open till at least the end of February UNLESS we get a heatwave that makes the ice unsafe. So, we have at least another 2-weeks. I will keep you posted.

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Alton’s Famous & Unique ‘Airport On Ice’ Back In Operation In 2021.

by Anura Guruge


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This annual, around Valentine’s Day, ‘Airport On Ice‘, unusually, was NOT operational in 2020. NOT, however, because of COVID but because the ice was not thick enough.

Not so this year. It has been plenty cold enough — as I know, to my cost.

The runway is plowed & maintained during most of February, BUT the Valentine’s Day weekend tends to be when it is most busy. That Valentine’s was on a Sunday this year meant that there was a LOT of people on the ice — COVID notwithstanding. Most, however, wore masks. That was good.

Not that many planes. At most about 5 at any given time. I have upwards of 15. Maybe 20 in other years. But, this is NOT a normal year. Actually I have been noticing that I don’t see as many small planes about as I normally do. So much so that when I hear one I look up. Most other years I hear a few each day. Not so in 2021. I noticed that the other day when I heard one. Surprised I.

It was good to see the planes. I always make a point of trying to visit the airport at least once during its height.

Enjoy.

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There Will Be NO ‘Airport On Ice’ In Alton In February 2020 (Or Any Other Month).

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The ice is too thin. It needs to be at least 12″ and they are concerned that we have sections where the ice isn’t that thick this year. I can believe that.

I have not seen any trucks on any of the local lakes this year. Yes, snowmobiles, but they are much lighter.

An abundance of caution, of course, but you can’t blame anyone for that. You really don’t want a plane going through the ice. That would be rather bad form. I couldn’t remember but it appears that we have had other years — even as recently as 2016 — when the airport was called off because of thin ice.

So, that is that. I will miss not being able to take my usual quota of pictures. Fingers crossed for next year; 2021.


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More Pictures Of Plane That ‘Crashed’ At Alton’s Famous “Airport On Ice” On February 10, 2019.

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You can see the BENT prop on the left and the scraped paint on the right prop.




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They have moved the plane from the ice to an adjoining car park. It was blocking the main taxiway — so that makes a lot of sense.

I guess they are still waiting for the FAA to finish its investigation — and hopefully to get a new prop. That seems to be the only thing that got damaged. I have to suspect that a prop is not cheap. Plus most likely their insurance will go sky high.

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Alton’s Famous “Airport On Ice” 2019 — February 16.

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Today’s installment of pictures. We had other things to do so I didn’t have much time. I shot these pictures from a different vantage — i.e., on the other side of the Bay. It was fairly busy. Tomorrow will be the BIG day. So, enjoy.


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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans — February 16, 2019.

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Plane That ‘Crashed’ At Alton’s Famous “Airport On Ice” On February 10, 2019.

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You can see the BENT prop on the far-side. The plane is held up on a trestle.

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We drove by at 3:45pm hoping to take some pictures of planes to add to those that I took last Sunday.

This was the ONLY plane there was and I knew that it had had a mishap. It was all on its lonesome in the middle of the taxiway and you could clearly see that it was propped up. From past accidents, I assume they have to wait for a FAA (NTSB) inspector to come and check the accident and give the ‘all clear’.

When I got home I saw the ‘Union Leader’ post (above).

We have had more spectacular crashes in the past. See below.

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Alton’s Famous “Airport On Ice” 2019 — Super Bowl Sunday.

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This is our famous and unique ‘Airport on Ice‘ at Alton Bay — now a beloved annual event. The runways were ready last weekend but we didn’t see any planes. There were, as you can see, a number of planes this afternoon. About 5. It was gloomy and it was Super Bowl Sunday. So, it was not as busy as it would normally be. But, as ever it was fun. I took these pictures with my Google Pixel 2. The light wasn’t great and I knew it would be easier to shoot with the Pixel 2 than my full-frame Sony a7 II. The Sony really comes to its own when there is better light. I will go again. So, consider this but PART I of the ‘Airport on Ice’ pictures for 2019.


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The “Aahh!” Picture Of The Day — 9-Week Old Golden Retriever Puppy At The Alton Bay “Airport On Ice” 2018.

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9-weeks old. The ‘whitish’, square-faced Goldens I prefer — like poor ol’ Monty.

This was at the Alton Bay, “Airport on Ice“. He was from Wolfeboro — I think.


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Alton Bay “Airport On Ice” 2018 — In Full Swing, Saturday, February 17.

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Last week Alton’s famous ‘Airport on Ice‘, on Alton Bay, on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, was ready for action but there was a paucity of planes. Not so on Saturday, February 17. This is the ‘carnival’ weekend, with Sunday slated as the day of the ‘festival’ per se. But, it is snowing as I write and there will be snow on the runway and taxiway first thing in the morning until it is cleared.

Today was a tad colder than last weekend, at 33°F (i.e., just above freezing). But, with no snow on the ice, the Bay was slippery. I did NOT want to venture far with my Sony a7 II. IF I fell and damaged it — that would be a bit of a shame.

Sunday will be warm, in the 40s°F (4.4+°C). So, I think there will be a fair amount of plane traffic come the afternoon.

Enjoy.


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