Between 1942 and 1944 over 40 airstrips were constructed along the length of the North-South road, most in the Top End.
Named initially by their distance from the Port of Darwin, and later after individuals, the strips have become perhaps the most recognisable symbols of the war fought in Northern Australia.
Livingston Airstrip, or the 34-mile strip was the first to be completed in early 1942. The strip was later named after Lieutenant John D Livingstone a pilot with the USAAF, who crashed on landing after fighting over Darwin.
Hughes Airfield was established in May 1942 and was the base for RAAF Hudson Bomber missions into enemy territory. The airfield endured three
air raids during its operation, but no loss of life.