I have one in my stash of shame.
By: Wayne Hui.
Most forward American air strips from WWII to Vietnam were built from the Marston Mat. The technical description for the Marston mat is the pierced steel planking (psp). It was an ingenious solution to quickly build a stable, flat, non-eroding operating surface for aircrafts in forward area where concrete tarmac were not available. The solution was to prefabricate light weigh (66 lbs per piece of plank) steel planks airfield surface which can be lifted and installed on flatten dirty fields by men without the need of machine. One side of the plank had pre-formed hooks with which to latch onto the plank ahead of it. The planks were installed in staggered pattern and the completed surface were strong and flat. It was the forefather to the modern day vinyl plank flooring which even my wife can simply click into place (almost, but still requiring my engineering assistance).
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