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Airfield folly in tullinge
On, Tuesday, Sept. 19th the Prime Minister of Sweden, Mr. Göran
Persson, announced that Tullinge Airfield was to be shut down as of
July 1st 2001. Those affected by the decision were notified a mere
two hours before.
Consider the paradox: increase in population, development,
recreational needs, educational needs, international contacts,
communication- all projected for the greater Stockholm area. An
airfield with abundant potential, strategically situated close to the
city of Stockholm is suddenly destined to become a residential
The first flaw is the traditional concept of immediate economic gains
through increased income from the taxpayer in Botkyrka i.e. new
residents on the former airfield. Money is a powerful motivator but
in this case verbal and mathematical reasoning skills might be
slightly short sighted. Tullinge Airfield is generating money to show
a considerable profit for its owner Vasallen throughout the past few
years. If the predictions are accurate, a new airfield will have to
be built to accommodate the growing population. The estimated cost
factor boggles the mind.
The second weakness is the commonly held concept that aviation is an
activity which caters to the elite few. Tullinge airfield is the home
of BFK (Botkyrka Flygklubb), Skydivers, Car enthusiasts, helicopter
police, etc. and is frequently used to stage events which draw a
multitude of people to Botkyrka.
The most recent one is the Airshow staged by BFK which over 20 000
The ability to see relationships and patterns and make combinations
and connections is the core of creativity. We suggest that rather
than rushing into dismantling a perfectly functioning airfield,
further research is conducted investigating thoroughly the various
opportunities for housing as well as maintaining and developing the
In addition to expanding our understanding of the scope of aviation,
Tullinge airfield is and should remain a marvelous point of adventure
in aviation for the present and future.
We can work miracles and go beyond frontiers of interests. Let us
form an alliance against the destruction of more than an airfield. A
simple starting point is to state your opinion by writing to:
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