Attention Choppers: 9 More Abandoned Helipads

Helicopter pilots generally know what active helipads look like, though the typical “Big H” sure does help. What happens when the pad’s associated facility is inoperable and you don’t want errant chopper jockeys landing there? Sell it by spelling it: this abandoned helipad in Portland, OR has been clearly painted “CLOSED” (in contrasting colors to boot) and there’s also a big “X” painted over the word. So, er, it’s closed or not closed? We’re so confused but Flickr member Mark Wallace (scalpod) is under no such illusions.


HMS Royal Arthur operated from 1939 through 1950 as a “stone frigate”… basically a shore-bound Royal Navy training camp located near Corsham in Wiltshire, UK. The facility was extensively trashed and brilliantly illuminated with graffiti over the ensuing decades, finally being demolished several years ago. Flickr member Midland Explorer Boy included a single shot of the base’s helipad among 147 photos documenting the sad state of ex-HMS Royal Arthur in mid-2013.

Gone to Potty

Could any end be more ignoble? Pity the poor abandoned helipad at a former airport in Robinswood, a neighborhood in Bellvue, WA. As documented by Flickr member J F (though we’re unsure of his reason for doing so), the airport’s old helipad is “now used as a base for portapotties and construction offices.” Sad perhaps, but having to work in one of those offices has to be even sadder. If only there was some sort of really big whirling fan to… oh.