Other than a direct hit from an asteroid, China's Air Force can withstand almost anything anyone can hurl at it.While America has been fighting expeditionary wars and consolidating its military bases, China has been forrowing its fleet of fighters and bombers in reinforced hangars, deep underground.Surprisingly, the heat blast is mitigated by the high infrared reflection of the aluminum skin.
Taxiways from both ends of the runway complex fanned out to individual earth berms where the aircraft were stored, serviced and armed.
The image above is that of an abandoned Soviet-era air base near the border of Mongolia.
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C., where it will consolidate about 1,300 jobs by closing its current headquarters in New Jersey and other offices in Wisconsin, Connecticut and South Carolina within the next three years.It's typical to see the old bases appear ransacked so as to validate (to those observing satellite images) that the bases have been decommissioned.The biggest dangers to aircraft on the ground are from strafing by other aircraft and the tremendous overpressure from a nuclear explosion.Accessible to everyone, thanks to the amazing technology of Google-earth, images like the one below reveal the runway of this strategic air base, but nothing more.On closer examination, two paved taxiways lead to opposite sides of a mountain [red arrows] which houses the actual hangars and base command.Enclosing the aircraft in a deep earth berm at one time impeded the ability of an attacking aircraft to fire on it. Today, aircraft like the A-10 Warthog are specifically designed for this angle of attack.