That departure runway at Burbank Bob Hope Airport? It’s built on a decline.

Ever wonder anything strange when departure from Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport?

You probably haven’t.

But the northern end of the airport is 65 feet higher than the southern part, which means your plane is rolling downhill when it takes off. “You don’t even feel it,” airport senior deputy executive director John Hatanaka told me. “You think it’s flight.”

I’m told it’s not a big deal it all. But it’s something to think about the next time you fly from Burbank.

A quick Google search suggests sloped runways aren’t all that unusual, but I would imagine airport planners prefer the same elevation through the whole runway. What do you think?

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