grass strip

joh2001smile

Senior Member
Chinese
Does "strip" refer to airstrip here? If so, A airstrip is commonly paved with concrete, why a grass strip?

Koch looked around at the collection of planes. The B-17 was parked up beside the grass strip; beside it was the fuel truck, a large container vehicle full of aviation fuel. Nearby parked in an irregular cluster around a hastily assembled collection of fifty-gallon drums, were the Me-109s. The fighter pilots were sloshing a lot of the fuel onto the grass in their haste to transfer it to their planes.
 
  • TheAmzngTwinWndr

    Senior Member
    United States
    In World War II and earlier many planes took off in grass fields. When is this quote taking place because a B-17 was a WWII era American bomber and the Me-109 was a WWII era German fighter. Why are they next to each other?
     

    joh2001smile

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    TheAmzngTwinWndr,
    It is a long story. Here, I try to make it short. According to the novel A Thousand Suns, during the WWII, a B-17 landed on a German airfield by mistake. At the end of the war, Hitler wanted to drop a atom bomb to New York in order to demand a surrender from US. So the B-17 was used to carry the bomb. This happens at the midway where they had to refuel the plane together with its escort planes at a small airport outside of Nantes.
     
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