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dispatch the dreamlifterlifter?

The bad news is, a very large airplane landed at the wrong airport in my neck of the woods last night, about 8 miles north of McConnel airforcebase.

The good news is:

1) Everyone was safe, airplane unharmed, and safely departed after a night of calculations to find out whether they could take off of a much shorter runway. No WATC students were sucked up by the ginormous engines.

2) Wichita made national news and it wasn't about those koch brothers being assholes.

3) If you've ever wanted to fly a dreamlifter to cargo boeing parts around, we hear there's a job opening.

Most pilots around here are really scratching their heads about how this could happen... I mean you plan a descent at a certain point of your flight, you're generally at a much different altitude 8 miles from the airport than you are 2 miles from my airport. And although many airports look the same, you try to note things like "I'll be flying PAST a city".

But hell don't ask me, I fly 172s. Based on their distances, I can land at about whatever airport I want.

I've landed at Jabara lots of times. It's nice. Gets kinda busy though... I'd be very upset if I flew there to practice pattern work and found a boeing on the runway.

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jennyrhill
Nov. 21st, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
I was just coming here to see if you posted about this!

I'm glad that they made it off the ground okay, and that it's mostly a funny story and not a disaster. It must have been a crazy case of the airports looking similar and kind of being lined up, but what a mistake!
spacefem
Nov. 22nd, 2013 03:06 am (UTC)
True that the airports were line up, but they look nothing alike! If you google map the Jabara airport you can see it... then zoom out 5-6 times so you see the whole city of wichita and you'll see this HUGE obvious airport in the bottom right of the city just southeast of 35, the one with the v-shaped taxiways... that's where they were going!
neuro42
Nov. 22nd, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)
I'd be pretty excited to land at Jabara and find the LCF there. But then again, they're based at my home airport... :)
jume
Nov. 22nd, 2013 02:28 am (UTC)
Engineering saves us from our human failings again!
neuro42
Nov. 22nd, 2013 03:50 am (UTC)
Also, did you listen to the tower audio linked from http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/Dreamlifter-Lands-At-GA-Airport221016-1.html ? It is ABSOLUTELY HILLARIOUS. Their ridiculous obssession with GPS coordinates is a sign of the times...
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