This is pretty astounding.
Using data from ourairports.com, James Davenport, a Ph.D. candidate in astronomy at the University of Washington, plotted the locations of 45,132 runways around the world. The result: a map of the world. (I know it’s a little hard to see, so please click on the image to view the high res version.)
As Davenport puts it:
Think about that number for a moment: there are at least 45,000 places to land an airplane! These range from small dirt fields to LAX, and the data seems to be more complete in the USA. Still, runways on every continent, seemingly every country.
I wholeheartedly agree.
(Image by James Davenport)