The Big Sweep
In a full-scale attack against military airports, runways might become unusable, especially near coastlines. As an alternative, air forces could use inland highways. Some nations even design sections of road specifically reinforced and graded for heavy aircraft. Last month in Taiwan the Ministry of National Defense cleared automotive traffic from the Jiadong Highway, had its soldiers sweep for debris, and conducted a day of flight tests with aircraft ranging from the CH-47 helicopter to the E-2K surveillance aircraft. Such highway drills began during the Cold War. In Germany in 1984, a section of the Bundesautobahn A29 near Ahlhorn was built with special markings and even an aircraft ramp. Tests by NATO involved the A-10 Thunderbolt and the C-130.
Taiwan Ministry of National Defense