According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a runway is a " defined rectangular area on a land aerodrome prepared for the landing and takeoff of aircraft". Runways may be a man-made surface (often asphalt, concrete , or a mixture.
A highway strip, road runway or road base is a section of a highway, motorway or other form of public road that is specially built to act as a runway for (mostly) military aircraft and to serve as an auxiliary military air base. These runways allow military aircraft to continue operating even if their.
The plane settled down on a landing strip that had been hewn from a mountaintop. Off to our right was the only shade, back of the landing strip, a great gray.