National Geographic : 1950 Aug
276 St. Helena's Nearest Neighbor, Bleak Ascension Island, Dots the Atlantic 800Miles tothe Northwest On this tableland at the foot of extinct volcanoes. United States Army Engineers erected barracks to house Air Force personnel during the recent war. They flattened the lava to make a 7,000-foot runway, vital for refueling planes on the South America to Africa run (page 279). Portuguese discovered the island onAscension Day. 1501.