The Heliopolis airfield
The airfield was constructed on the flat empty desert floor. A
five-kilometre rectangular (1,500 by 1,000 meters) course was laid out
and marked by pylons. The installations were rather typical for early
airfields. As usual on early airfields the hangars were arranged so
that the take-offs would be made in front of the grandstands. Two
grandstands were built, a big one opposite the start/finish line and a
smaller one with green silk muslin curtains in front. This was referred
to as the "tribune harem"
and was intended for
The airfield remained in use until World War One, when the British
built a new airfield immediately to the southeast. This later became
RAF Heliopolis and now is the Almaza air force base.
Today there is no trace of the original airfield site, which has been
covered by streets and buildings.
The plan of the airfield from the meeting program. North is at around
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Some of the hangars. (1)
Métrot flying over the veiled "harem" grandstand, which was
reserved for women. (1)
Rougier in his #14 Voisin passes the time-keepers in front of the
grandstands. The start/finish line stretches 250 metres across the
course towards the time-keepers' cabin. (2)
A postcard image of the empty grandstands, with restaurant tables in
front and flags stretched out in the hard wind. The hangars are
visible in the background. (3)
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