Scott Mansfield, a local contractor, navigates a custom-built 18 wheeler which removes aircraft tire rubber and paint lines from the Robins airfield using high-pressure water for paint at 1,500 PSI and light detergent. Tire rubber particles are then picked up by a sweeper vacuum truck. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ed Aspera)
11/1/2013 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The longest runway in Georgia - at 12,001 feet - is currently getting a fresh shower and a new coat of paint to restripe lines along the concrete pavement.
Paint lines are being removed from the concrete and a new coat will be applied by a local general contractor. The company will also remove aircraft tire rubber markings along the heavily-used north and south ends of the runway.
Work began Monday during evening hours and will continue for two weeks. A custom-built 18 wheeler will remove tire marks, and will paint lines along the runway using high pressure water for paint and light detergent for tire rubber particles. Water and paint particles are then picked up by a sweeper vacuum truck.
Because of budget constraints, the last time aircraft tire marks were removed was two years ago.