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main image Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh
Turnhouse first opened as a military aerodrome in May 1916. After 1945, its military status became a civil one, as Edinburgh's airport.

The RAF ceased to use the airport in 1970, and an extended, re-alligned runway was opened in the mid-1970s. A new terminal followed in the 1980s. Scotland has 52 civil airports or airfields and 14 helipads. Only six airfields still have a military presence.

The larger airports – Turnhouse, Abbot's Inch, Aberdeen – are voracious land-users. Terminals, runways, storage and parking all require space. Elsewhere in Scotland, and especially in the isles, facilities are more modest – such as the tiny airstrip on Colonsay, Argyll, normally grazed by cattle and sheep.

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