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Old 05-06-2014, 10:41 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by spock123 View Post
I was stationed in Alaska at Ft Greely at Delta Junction in 1973.
I was at Ft. Greely in the summer of 1972 for a demo ride in a Bell hovercraft that had been brought there from Vietnam. The Army thought briefly about using hovercraft in Alaska instead of helicopters, so they could travel cross-country in weather too bad for flying. After the ride, we used helicopters to map hovercraft routes from Fairbanks to Nome and Kotzebue. But nothing ever happened and the routes were never used.

We took our trailer to Alaska last summer. The Alaska Highway is no longer gravel except in a few very long construction zones. However, some of it probably should have been left gravel because frost-heaved pavement is like riding a roller coaster. Gravel can just be re-graded when the frost heave gets too bad, pavement can't.


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