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Old 11-22-2013, 12:39 PM   #71
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but their approach freqs had to be tuned in and they always fly the localizer and glide slope form the approach plate to said airport. their DME had to be off by six miles which would of been a huge red flag in their heads. they could of used the other airports nav info for a approach to the airport but that would of been wrong. just too many things that had to transpire to land at a wrong airport with a plane that size. but it could happen I guess
I can only guess that the IFR transponder had been tuned to the wrong coords (you can hear on the recorded conversations the crew wanting verification of the coords after landing)...OOPS

Update: A "Fresh Crew" successfully launched the Dreamlifter off the runway and flew it to the correct destination....

Probably sucks to be the AC that landed at the wrong airstrip
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:51 PM   #72
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Interesting application of JATO
http://www.military.com/video/aircraft/military-aircraft/top-secret-c-130-with-rocket-boosters/912500478001/
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:04 PM   #73
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These rockets were not JATO or RATO bottles.
They were modified Shrike and RIM-66 Missile Motors.

If you ever get a chance to see one of these CREDIBLE SPORT aircraft in the museum, the interiors are a honeycomb of structural members cross braced inside.

Operation Credible Sport - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:23 PM   #74
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OK, somewhat unrelated but fun to watch.



If it had been a Tundra I might have believed it.
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Old 11-22-2013, 02:13 PM   #75
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So were you flying as a FedEx contractor?

Disappointed to hear that the controllers "hated" you that night - I'm assuming you are saying that because your engine failure caused them extra work - that's their job and you probably caused them to miss some sleep - sad.
our company flys contract for UPS, FEDx, British airways, DHL, and some others. if you have ever been into memphis, or louisville around 12am to 3am it is a mess, planes stacked for 90 miles out, and 40 deep to takeoff when someone has a issue that necssitate a turnaround it puts everyone into a tissy...including the crews setting up approaches, and the ones that are 150miles out
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Old 11-22-2013, 02:26 PM   #76
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our company flys contract for UPS, FEDx, British airways, DHL, and some others. if you have ever been into memphis, or louisville around 12am to 3am it is a mess, planes stacked for 90 miles out, and 40 deep to takeoff when someone has a issue that necssitate a turnaround it puts everyone into a tissy...including the crews setting up approaches, and the ones that are 150miles out
You say the operations at KMEM and KSDF are a "mess" and probably to some outside observers they are, but in reality they are a very well run operation.

For all those airplanes to fly into those airports, be unloaded, get the packages sorted, be reloaded and then flown out each night is a sight to see.

Even when an airplane is out for a mechanical problem, they have procedures for that,including spare aircraft spotted around their systems.

Nothing like seeing an UPS DC-8 still flying.
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Old 11-22-2013, 02:43 PM   #77
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You say the operations at KMEM and KSDF are a "mess" and probably to some outside observers they are, but in reality they are a very well run operation.
meant to say seems a mess, and yes it is busy, very busy. then at first light a ghost town till dark
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Old 11-22-2013, 02:56 PM   #78
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Back in my younger years, when I camped at race tracks, I was so hammered and walked into the wrong camper. I was wondering why my bed was occupied. Is that similar to landing at the wrong airport? Maybe the pilots were having a few?
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Back in my younger years, when I camped at race tracks, I was so hammered and walked into the wrong camper. I was wondering why my bed was occupied. Is that similar to landing at the wrong airport? Maybe the pilots were having a few?
We got back from one of the boardwalk rides at the Jersey shore last year late and my daughter slept in the car on the way home. As we were unloading my baby son and getting crap out of the trunk my daughter walked herself to the camper.

We found her outside the neighbor's door waiting for us to come unlock it!
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These rockets were not JATO or RATO bottles.
They were modified Shrike and RIM-66 Missile Motors.

If you ever get a chance to see one of these CREDIBLE SPORT aircraft in the museum, the interiors are a honeycomb of structural members cross braced inside.

Operation Credible Sport - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Herk - I'm not that familiar with the C-130 and all their models and variants (too many for me), but the 3 aircraft named here, 74-1683, 74-1686 and 74-2065 seem to be older aircraft than the one that is in your User ID (7769). I don't know if 7769 is in contract number 1974, thus 74-7769.

Am I correct here?

P.S. Please note that the term "Tail Numbers" is only used in this P.S.and not in the main message due to one FRF members fascination with the term.
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