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A section of one of Europe's longest runways is undergoing a £4m upgrade.

Machrihanish's 3,049m (10,003ft) long runway was built in the 1960s on a former wartime air base and was used by the RAF and Nato air forces until 1997.

During Nasa's space shuttle era, the airstrip - three miles (5km) from Campbeltown - was certified as an emergency landing site for the spacecraft. The shuttle programme ran from 1981 to 2011.

In recent years, there have been proposals to create a spaceport at the airport for space tourism and satellite launches.

A section of the runway used by Campbeltown Airport is being upgraded.

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