Steven Spielberg used these facilities in two of his films in 1987 and 1989

An abandoned Spanish airfield that was used as the base for an Indiana Jones movie

In Spain there are abandoned sites that have a curious relationship with the film industry, as we saw a few days ago.

The Spanish tunnel, now in ruins, made famous by an Indiana Jones movie
A tour of the Calamocha airfield, a former Ju-87 Stukas base in Spain

On Wednesday we saw a tunnel used in a famous Indiana Jones movie, thanks to an interesting video posted by Aventuras Entresierras, the best Spanish Youtube channel on urban exploration. Today, that same channel has published a new video showing us the Cortijo Grane aerodrome, in Turre (Almería).

As reported by Javier Ortega Figueiral in the blog Las Gafas del Viajero in July 2020, this airfield was built by two Americans, the brothers Ric and Paul Polansky, who came to Spain to avoid being sent to the Vietnam War. In the 1970s they made this airfield and a golf course. Steven Spielberg used the airfield in his films "Empire of the Sun" (1987) and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989), as the base of operations for the tunnel scene into which referred to the previous video of Aventuras Entresierras.

Today the airfield is abandoned and in ruins. You can see its exterior and interior, including the control tower, in the new video from Aventuras Entresierras. Before that, the video begins with a visit to some abandoned houses with spectacular views (the video is in Spanish, you can activate the automatic subtitles in English in the bottom bar of the player):

Below you can see a few screenshots of the video as a preview. Here we see the exterior of the aerodrome, with its small control tower.

An aerial view of the aerodrome, recorded from a drone.

The old hangars of the aerodrome , large enough to accommodate a small plane in each one.

The old airfield runway, increasingly invaded by vegetation.

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