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Al Qa'arah Airbase (Lybia)


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The North African Campaign of World War 2 was typified by large distances between settlements and, particularly, operable landing strips for aircraft.

As a result, forward operating bases with compressed sand runways became the normal operating environment for large numbers of airmen and machines on both sides, with the bases being almost as mobile as the front lines.

This scenery represents an Axis forward landing ground in Western Lybia, near the border with Egypt. The location was chosen because it was relatively flat, near the coast (and a settlement to get a name from) and is around 100NM from Landing Ground 113, my Allied Desert airstrip, so was only a short flight away.

It is not meant to be a realistic representation of what such bases looked like, but is created entirely from my imagination. Apologies to anyone who flew in this campaign and is offended by my representation, my intent is only to give FS pilots somewhere to operate desert-liveried aircraft from.

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