This Doesn’t Look Like Pismo Beach Part 2

As it normally requires a lot of runway when loaded this ought to be a rather interesting take-off attempt

A Boeing 747 jumbo jet mistakenly landed a tiny airport in Wichita, Kansas late Wednesday, raising questions about whether or not the plane will be able to take off. reports that the jet used to haul 787 Dreamliner parts landed at Jabara Airport instead of its intended destination of McConnell Air Force Base.

A Boeing spokesman confirmed to The Wall Street Journal in a statement that the plane had landed on the 6,101-foot long runway and that “we are working to determine next steps.”

It seems that this particular plane is a 747 LCF Dreamlifter, which is a highly modified funny looking duck.

I’d be rather curious to hear the explanation of just how they happened to land at the wrong airport.

7 Responses to “This Doesn’t Look Like Pismo Beach Part 2”

  1. Julie says:

    “I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque!”

  2. David Crawford says:

    Watching the morning news here in the Seattle area and they said the runway was about 3,000 feet short of what a Dreamlifter needs to take-off. Someone’s butt is so much in a sling.

  3. leelu says:

    Pilot: “Man, this runway sure is short!”

    Copilot: “And wide, too!!”

  4. Gunslinger says:

    Apparently the Dreamlifter made it off the ground after all.

  5. Kathy Kinsley says:

    @Gunslinger runway – they have a lot of lift for their size if they aren’t loaded. Neither articles says if they offloaded their cargo first…

    One took off out of Tallahassee back in the 70’s – and despite being the State Capitol, I assure you that was a tiny airport back then…Probably as small, or smaller runway size as that Kansas airport – and it made it with plenty to spare. But it was empty.

  6. Gunslinger says:

    I’ll never forget watching a C5 take off from the Fort Campbell airstrip. It’s sheer size made it look like it was traveling in slow motion when it just sort of gracefully floated off the ground and into the air. That was such a mammoth plane.

  7. BlackDog says:

    This is not an uncommon occurrence where you have lots of airports. Wichita is loaded with air strips. I was flying Braniff to San Antonio and they landed at Randolph AFB.Since it was a military base, they had to bus the passengers to the airport to retrieve our luggage. Of course, they lost mine and I had to buy new uniforms.
    Joke : Braniff jets could not be hijacked to Cuba in the 70s because the taxistrips did not reach Havana.

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