National Geographic : 1944 Aug
U.S.Navy, Official Amid Santo's Palms, Avengers Fold Back Their Wings Like Birds-Such Space-savers AlmostDouble aCarrier's Striking Power Originally, this airfield was an immense coconut plantation. A flat piece was lined up with the prevailing winds (planesland and take off into the wind) and cleared with axes and dynamite. Bulldozers covered it with crushed coral, packed hard as concrete. Some are floored with steel mats.